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Vol. LIX, No. 1 



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The BRETHREN 

EVANGELIST 



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An African Fetish 



A BOY'S PRAYER 



In distant lands, boi/s do not knoiv 

That there's a God that's good; 
Their gods can't give tksm any help 

For they are -made of wood. 
I wish then were'nt so far away; 

I'd tell them, if I could. 
That there's a mighty God in heaven— 

Their gods are only wood. 



They'd ask you if they only knew; 

They'd love you if they could. 
Show them your love: send light to them- 

Their gods are ordy wood. 
One thing I'll do when I grow up: 

I'll do the thing I should; 
I'll tell them how God sent His Son — 

Their gods are only wood. 



Count It All Joy 



By Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman 



Many will be blessed in the reading 
of this message which comes from the 
heart of iVIrs. Cowman. She will be re- 
membered by many as the writer of the 
daily meditations "Streams in the Des- 
ert" which has had such a wide circula- 
tion. — Editor. 



My heart has been strangely drawn 
out of late to my brothers and sisters 
of the household of faith, who are pass- 
ing through severe testings, trials un- 
explainable; a "night of faith"; the 
"discipline of perplexity." 

"The dark brown mould's upturned 

By the sharp pointed plow. 
And I've a lesson learned: 

"My life is but a field 

Stretched out beneaLh God's sky, 
Some harvest rich to yield. 

"Where grows the golden grain ? 
Where faith — where sympathy? — 
In a furrow cut by pain." 

We cannot be real sympathizers till 
we have been real sufferers. 

Beloved, I long to comfort you with 
the same comfort wherewith I have 
been comforted of God (II Cor. 1:4); 
and with many a prayer, this humble 
testimony goes forth to you who are 
suffering in spirit, and whose way is 
hedged in darkness. 

More than six years ago, when my 
beloved companion was so suddenly 
stricken with heart trouble in the midst 
of our missionary campaign, when all 
human hope fled, and we were being 
ruthlessly swept onward by a strong 
and stormy gale, our hearts were 
crushed, our minds dazed. Naturally we 
asked the Lord why. Had our lives not 
been given to Him and to His service, 
and were they not being out-poured in 
service continually, every ounce of 
strength given to Him ? 

Would He not give us some explana- 
tion of this sudden crash ? He showed 
us that the word why has no place in 
the Christian's vocabulary, that we may 
say, "What wouldst Thou have me to 
do?" "Where wouldst Thou have me 
to go ? but the why was in the Father's 
hand. Instead of making any explana- 
tion, the Holy Spirit whispered four 
words, "Count it all joy." 

I confess to you that, at the time, 
I found no comfort in these words, and 
there was no response in my heart to 
them. If He had but said, "I will come 
and heal him," or "It is I, be not 
afraid," my heart would have taken 
comfort. So I had a real controversy 
with the Lord about it. "Father, how 



can I count it all joy when I look into 
the face of my best beloved and see 
him in such an agony of pain, his life 
slipping away, his usefulness apparent- 
ly gone, the precious heathen deprived 
of his help?" 

I was physically undone after twenty 
years of service, the constant travel by 
land and sea, the strenuous work in 
heathen lands, battling with strange 
climates, Satanic powers, etc., and felt 
absolutely unequal for the pressure and 
strain into which I was so suddenly 
plunged. It looked like an open grave 
for me in a very brief time, a termina- 
tion of my life work as well as his. 
Joy at such a time? Impossible! I ar- 
gued with the Lord; but again that 
gentle Voice whispered, "My child, I 
did not tell you to feel it all joy, but to 
count it all joy." 

I went to Weymouth's translation 
and found this, "Reckon it nothing but 
joy, my brethren, whenever you find 
yourself hedged in by various trials"; 
also the free translation of II Cor. 12: 
10, "I take pleasure in being without 
strength, in insults, in being pinched, 
in being chased about, in being cooped 
up in the corner, for when I am with- 
out strength, I am dynamite." 

Paul has always been my Bible hero, 
and here was his testimony, with the 
secret of his power. 

I went to Webster's Distionary for 
an analysis of the word happiness, and 
found the root word of happiness is 
hap, which means it came through 
chance or circumstances; then I turned 
to Psalms 106, and found that away 
back yonder were a people who praised 
God when they saw His mighty works, 
a sort of circumstantial praise; but the 
sad record followed, "They soon forgot 
His works." 

I then looked up the word joy, and 
blessed be His name, I found that joy 
is a fi-uit of the Spirit, independent of 
means or circumstances a wellspring 
flowing from the broken heart of Jesus 
right into mine. "All my springs are in 
thee." 

This fresh avenue of light settled the 
question forever with me; and there 
alone with God, in the midst of the 
most trying circumstances of my entire 
life, I told Him I would count it all joy, 
just because He had bidden me in His 
Word to do so. Oh, it is a wonderful 
thing to count when He bids us. When 
I left that place of prayer, it was with 
a new vision: I was a changed woman; 
into my heart had stolen a peace that 
passeth all understanding; an invisible 
Arm upheld me; I was lifted by divine 
power; and, thank God, He has held 
me fast right through these crisis 
years. 



The Brethren Evangelist 

Samuel Rutherford once said, "When- 
ever I find myself in the cellar of af- 
fliction, I always look about me for 
the wine." 

Fanny Crosby was never permitted 
to look upon the green fields or the 
lovely evening sunsets; yet she counted 
it all joy, and enriched the world with 
her uplifting hymns, which are sung 
wherever the name of Jesus Christ is 
known. Joy often needs pain to give 
it birth. 

The days, weeks and months (which 
have now run into years) came and 
went; the storm that broke upon our 
defenseless heads in the beginning, still 
raged and swept onward with unabated 
fury. For months at a time we did not 
know what an hour of unbroken sleep 
meant, or a moment of rest during the 
day. Pressure upon pressure, of every 
sort, — just a little of everything com- 
mingled with the already overflowing 
cup. Oh, how Satan tried to undermine 
faith in the love of God! How often he 
said, "Were God a God of love, He 
would not allow you to pass through 
all this." I now understand the "If 
thou" of Matthew 4:3,6,9, but I also 

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Chas. W. Mayes 



EDITORS 



Louis S. Bauman 



CHINESE While many things in these last 

CHRISTIAN days discourage us in the work of 
LEADERSHIP foreign missions, yet there are also 
many things to encourage us. 
Among the latter, we must name the leadership in 
China which Chinese Christians have attained. They 
hold the very highest positions of the government. 
The minister of the Honan government has made his 
home a center for Christian fellowship, where some 
high officials have decided for Christ and His 
church. A missionary writes of a well-known leader 
in China who rises at dawn that he may begin his 
busy day with prayer and Bible study. Each eve- 
ning, he closes the day with family worship within 
a group containing his wife and intimate friends. 
Every Sunday, high officials of the Nanking govern- 
ment attend divine worship in this Chinese Chris- 
tian's home. For all this, we thank God and take 
courage! — L. S. B. 

THE BLIGHT Everywhere the blight of mod- 
OF ernism is apparent on mission 

MODERNISM fields. The new Directory of Chris- 
tian Missions and Churches in In- 
dia, Burma and Ceylon, just published, reveals the 
fact that in those lands there are only 4467 mis- 
sionaries, whereas at the close of 1933 there were 
6030. This decline is, indeed, serious when we con- 
sider that there are unprecedented opportunities ex- 
isting in India today. Tens of thousands of inquirers 
are pressing for admission to the churches, and the 
missionaries lack a sufficient number of workers to 
deal properly with them. Large mission boards have 
many vacancies, and but few candidates. This appall- 
ing situation is largely due to the blight of modern- 
ism. It is going to be harder and harder to persuade 
young men and women to forsake their homes and 
loved ones for these foreign lands unless the love of 
Christ constrains them. The love of Christ is the im- 
pelling motive of foreign missions. Count the person- 
al Christ out, and no social gospel will ever appeal to 
young men and women sufficiently to make the sac- 
rifice.— L. S. B. 

NECESSITY As we were getting ready our 

STILL copy for this issue of The Brethren 

INVENTS Evangelist, an intensely interesting 

letter arrived from our sister, Mrs. 

Curtis G. Morrill. While her letter was written to 



us personally, yet it is so intensely interesting that 
we feel Mrs. Morrill will not object to our publish- 
ing the letter practically in its entirety. As we read 
this letter, we were reminded of the old saying, "Ne- 
cessity is the mother of invention." This is cer- 
tainly true when it comes to the work of our African 
missionaries, far, far away from the source of sup- 
plies. The corner drug store does not exist in their 
part of the country. Moreover, if it did exist, the 
wherewithal to purchase the supplies is very lim- 
ited. One only needs to read this letter to under- 
stand why the great Livingstone uttered his famous 
prayer: "May heaven's rich blessing come down on 
every one — American, English, Turk — who will help 
to heal this open sore of the world." 

After reading Mrs. Morrill's letter setting forth 
a missionary's trials, experiences and continual dan- 
gers from infectious diseases of the very worst type, 
and from snakes, etc., how happy we are to know 
that Dr. Floyd W. Taber has completed his training 
and will soon be setting sail for Africa, there to 
take up his ministry of healing as a means of gain- 
ing a hearing for the glorious gospel. And too, after 
reading that letter, and meditating on all that it 
means in the lives of our missionaries, and consider- 
ing the very meagre material returns the missionar- 
ies receive, we can only wonder if anybody in this 
fair land of ours will think of sacrifice in connection 
with any gift that he may make at Easter time. 
May the spirit of our missionaries descend upon the 
Brethren Church in all of its fulness. — L. S. B. 



IN THIS NUMBER 

Count It All Joy — Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman 2 

Editorials 3 

Look on the Field — Clarence L. Sickel 6 

Farewell — Mr. and Mrs. Orville D. Jobson 7 

The Service of Killing— Dr. C. R. Manley 9 

Backsliders in the Congo — Ida McLean Black 11 

The Drums of the Congo — Virginia M. Clarke 12 

Why I Am Going Back to Africa — Orville D. Jobson .... 13 
God's Spirit Convicts of Sin at Bassai — Orville D. Jobson 15 

Christian Endeavor Department 16 

Sunday School Department 18 

News from the Field 19 



The Brethren Evangelist 



WOMANHOOD Baroness Shizue Ishimoto 

AND shocked a large assembly of Jap- 

CHRIST anese in Tokio recently by assert- 

ing that "Japanese women are 
treated with no more consideration than lunatics." 
And yet, Japan is considered to be one of the most 
advanced nations in what the world calls civilization. 
Where in all the world, in times past or present, in 
lands where the Gospel of Jesus Christ has not been 
preached, have women been treated any better than 
they are treated today in Japan? There is not a 
spot ten miles square in all this world, where the 
influence of Jesus Christ is not felt that does not 
degrade and enslave womanhood. When Christ came 
to earth, the most cultured nations witnessed as a 
common sight, a woman being hitched with a don- 
key to a plow. The degradation of womanhood in all 
Christless lands is appalling. We have often said 
that we cannot understand how any woman in the 
world could reject Jesus Christ in her life if once 
she is conscious of what her condition would be 
were it not for His saving power. — L. S. B. 

GRIM TOLL Once more the grim toll of war ap- 
OF pears in Spain. Manager Gomay 

WAR Tomas, Archbishop of Toledo and 

Primate of Spain, says that the pres- 
ent war in Spain will cost in the neighborhood of one 
milhon lives. And this war in Spain is an insignifi- 
cant skirmish compared with what a general Euro- 
pean war would prove to be. Imagine the deluge of 
blood that would roll over Europe in case her dicta- 
tors decide to march to the battlefield. Verily, the 
blood that the Apostle John saw flowing in his great 
vision on Patmos, is not an exeggeration. May our 
Lord take His people away from this old world be- 
fore that storm breaks! And if is going to break — : 
and soon! — L. S. B. 

THE Satan is the greatest counter- 

DEVIL feiter in the universe. He counter- 

A feits the work of our Lord so fre- 

MISSIONARY quently that sometimes we won- 
der whether it is not just to be- 
lieve he is not able to think for himself. He follows 
the methods of our Lord in everything but right- 
eousness. In May, 1936, there was an atheistic con- 
ference, over which the devil himself presided, it 
was determined to take up an aggressive attitude 
toward religion in general, and especially toward the 
Christian religion. 

To advance the missionary activities of Satan, it 
was decided to create an International Atheistic 
Fund for the purpose of organizing worldwide propa- 
ganda of the doctrines of hell. Americans may be 
astonished to know that the summer camps of the 
Revolutionary Communists in the United States 
reached 20,000 children this past summer. There are 
now about 3,000,000 Revolutionary Communists in 



the United States, and that means there are six' 
times as many as were in Russia when the revolu- 
tion swept that unhappy land. These atheistic or- 
ganizations are especially active in our schools and 
colleges. Major industries all over the nation have 
been penetrated by "cells", and a definite program 
aiming at armed revolution has been prepared and 
published. Recently over 100,000 copies of Stalin's 
book were circulated. 

World Dominion, with its worldwide view and 
knowledge of events, informs us that Communistic 
Sunday Schools are steadily increasing all over the ; 
earth. Let the ambassadors of Christ take note of 
this. Shall the forces of Satan outdo the forces of 
Jesus Christ in the matter of evangelization? The 
situation is desperate. The fight is on! Let us con- 
tinue our work of making Christ known, knowing 
that when the smoke finally rolls off the battlefield, 
our Lord will stand in the midst of His own. King 
of kings and Lord of Lords ! — L. S. B. 

APOSTASY The Fellowship News informs us 

GROWS that a questionaire was sent to 436 
APACE! ministers in Chicago, with the fol- 

lowing result: 20% doubted or denied 
the Trinity; 29% denied the virgin birth of Christ; 
16%) denied His bodily resurrection; 33% denied th?t 
the Old Testament prophets could foretell events; 
32% denied that God ever performs a miracle. These 
ministers agreed on only one thing, and that is that 
God exists. Probably a number of them would de- 
fine God, however, as a great infidel once defined 
Him — "an infinite and eternal Energy." Surely, the 
great apostasy is at hand, as foretold by the Apostle 
Paul in his epistle to the Thessalonians: "Now we 
beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto 
Him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be 
troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word nor by let- 
ter as from us as that day of Christ is at hand. Let 
no man deceive you by any means ; for that day shall 
come except there come a falling away (apostasy) 
first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of 
perdition" (II Thess. 2:1-3).— L. S. B. 

FROM AN UNBELIEVER 

Occasionally we find an unbeliever who seems 
able to follow the facts of Christianity to their logi- 
cal conclusion. Such is the case with the man who 
once said, "If I believed that Jesus Christ was the 
Son of God and my Savior, I would never write or 
talk of anything else." There is something startling 
and logical about this. If the claims of Christ are 
true and the Bible is a reliable Book, then nothing 
else really matters. The plans, programs, and theor- 
ies of men are scarcely worth consideration. The 
things of time become of little importance. Eternity 
becomes everything! To know and believe the facts 
about the Lord Jesus Christ will completely trans- 



January 2, 1937 



form a man's entire philosophy of life. If there is 
not a transformation, there is something wrong with 
his "belief."— M. 

NOT NEW 

Centuries ago, Solomon wrote that as a man 
"thinketh in his heart, so is he." After all, what we 
actually believe in our hearts makes us what we 
are. For a man to say that he believes that Jesus 
Christ is the Son of God and to say that he believes 
the Bible demands that his life show some transfor- 
mation. For a man to claim to hold to the Christian 
faith and then live like a pagan is certainly evidence 
that he does not know what real faith is. For a man 
to say that he believes the Bible and then try to 
cramp God's revelation into the theories of the 
worldly minded is to deny the faith. Faith is more 
than talk. Faith produces results or it is not faith. 
The Apostle James tells us that faith without works 
is dead. That is, a faith which does not produce 
works is not faith at all. — M. 

FAITH AND WORKS 

Many have been the arguments about faith and 
works. Perhaps much of the discussion and time 
wasted could have been saved if there had been a 
clear understanding of the terms. The Bible teaches 
that salvation is by faith and faith alone. Salvation 
is not by faith plus works. On the other hand a faith 
which will not work is not faith. The works do not 
save nor even help, but they do give an indication 
as to whether the faith is genuine. The faith that 
saves might not have the opportunity to actually pro- 
duce much works, but it must be a faith which will 
work. Anything short of this is merely intellectual 
consent. Intellectual consent will never save a soul 
nor produce any results for God. — M. 

THE KINGDOM 

"The great need of the church and of church lead- 
ers today," states R. F. Martin in The Christian 
Statesman, "is to get before them the Kingdom con- 
ception of Christ's mission to the world." Then in 
defense of this statement, Mr. Martin calls E. Stan- 
ley Jones to present his position. In speaking of Mr. 
Jones, Mr. Martin continues, "While ... in Pitts- 
burgh the writer heard this preacher and a Christian 
statesman deliver a message on this subject in which 
he set forth with great clarity and most convincing- 
ly the Kingdom conception of Christ's mission to the 
world, namely, that He came not only to save indi- 
viduals, to regenerate and reconstruct the individ- 
ual life, but also to regenerate and reconstruct the 
entire life of human society so that the will of God 
will one day be done both in the individual and cor- 
porate life of humanity." — M. 

IN HEARTY ACCORD 

All that has been said above about what Christ 
will do for this old world of sin is true. In fact He 



will do almost infinitely more than has been sug- 
gested. But there is one great fact which both Mr. 
Martin and Mr. Jones have either forgotten or over- 
looked. The things connected with the establishing 
of the Kingdom of God on earth are to take place as 
a result of Christ coming to earth not once but 
twice. The glorious transformations in the govern- 
ments of the earth will not take place as a result 
of Christ's coming to earth the first time. To expect 
the regeneration of society as a result of the preach- 
ing of the gospel would certainly bring us face to 
face with some most disheartening discouragements 
these days. After almost two thousand years of 
the preaching of the gospel, the nations are not any 
nearer to being converted that they were when our 
Lord was here on earth. There are more heathen in 
the world today than there were when Christ was 
born. If the Kingdom of God is to be established as 
a process, and society gradually regenerated, these 
men who are going to "bring in the kingdom" will 
have to get busy and work faster than they ever 
have before to hold their own. — M. 

THE KINGDOM "SET UP" 

On the contrary, the Bible does not teach that the 
preaching of the gospel by the church is to "recon- 
struct the entire life of human society so that the 
will of God will one day be done in the . . . corpor- 
ate life of humanity." This glorious transformation 
of society awaits the coming again of the Lord Je- 
sus Christ. He will then be King of Kings and Lord 
of Lords. The world will not be converted in the 
age now known as the church age. The nations will 
not bow the knee to Christ in this age. Nations will 
continue in rebellion against the Son of God and the 
last great war on earth will be a war of the com- 
bined nations of the earth against the Lord Jesus 
Christ. But the Kingdom will come! Yes, indeed it 
will come — just as God has said. "In the days of 
these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom 
which shall never be destroyed" (Dan. 2:44). From 
this we discover that the kingdom is to be "set up" 
instead of coming into existence by gradual growth. 
It will be an event, not a process. 

Again, the kingdom is to be established "in the 
days of these kings." It is commonly known that 
the kings here mentioned are the ten kings which 
shall come into prominence as a result of the revival 
of the Roman empire. They will be under the con- 
trol of the antichrist. 

Furthermore, the God of heaven will establish the 
Kingdom, it will not be done by men. — M. 



Colonel Lawrence, of Arabian fame, tells how an 
Arab sheik, after hearing the Western scholar re- 
count the wonders revealed by the telescope, said: 
"You foreigners see millions of stars, and nothing 
beyond. We Arabs see only a few stars — and God." 




Look on the Field 



By Clarence L. Sickel, Superintendent, Argentina 




Christ alone can save Argentina . . . but Christ 
cannot save Argentina alone. 

He is calling for men of vision, of passion, and of 
action ; for those vi'ho will say with the apostle Paul, 
"I am debtor . . I am ready . . I am not ashamed." 
This is the time for our summer's campaigning 
with the Bible Coach and tent. The final equipment 
for the Coach, a loud speaker, is ready for install- 
ment. For months, the colporters from Rio Cuarto 
have been going out to the towns in every direction 
from Rio Cuarto, conversing with the people, giving 
out the Word in 
G s p els and 
tracts, and thus 
preparing the 
way for the en- 
trance of the 
Coach. The field 
is ready for the 
harvest, Gigena, 
Elena, Reduccion, 
Sampacho, Mol- 
des, Bulnes, Uca- 
cha and others 
were all to have 
been included in 
the Coach's itin- 
erary this year, 
and as many of 
the towns to the north as time would permit. The 
workers have been having interesting and profitable 
conversations in these towns. We feel that the time 
is ripe to reach out in a greater way with the Bible 
Coach, and then follow up with an itinerating pas- 
tor. 

All of this is before us, and why then have we 
allowed two of the best months of the summer to 
slip by without the Coach moving? Perhaps because 
some of you have failed to heed God's call. We are 
handicapped at present as we never have been be- 
fore for workers sufficient to carry on, even with- 
out extension work. 

We praise the Lord for the soon coming of Broth- 
er and Sister Dowdy, and as they come we are pray- 
ing that others may even now be preparing to fol- 
low in their steps. 

The established churches, for the most part, are 



being blessed in a special way. I have just returned 
from Huinca Renanco, where I was privileged to be 
with the brethren in the dedication of their re-| 
modeled chapel. This is the fulfillment of a long felt 
need. For years the small hall has been utterly in- 
adequate for the needs of the people. The sympa- 
thies of the town as a whole are with the work, and 
we look for great things, indeed, in the future for 
the work there. There was a splendid attendance at 
all services on Sunday, which was a great home- 
coming day, for the Realico and Huinca Renanco 

brethren. You, 
will hear more of j 
this through thel 
pastor himself. 

Tancacha and 
Hernando have 
recently had the' 
greatest day in 
their history, a 
time of very spe- 
cial blessing from 
the Lord, as eigh- 
ty-seven gathered i 
around the Lord's 
table. We inclose 
a picture of the 
group from the 
two churches. 
We praise the Lord for His blessing on us here 
at Rio Cuarto. We too, have had the joy of seeing 
born-again ones pass through the waters of bap- 
tism, and the attendance at all services is on the 
increase. 

As you read this brief account of the Lord's work 
in this part of His vineyard, will you not give Ar- 
gentine of your best at this Christmas season? The 
field is white to hai-vest, but, the reapers? 

There is only one thing in the world that is worth 
our serious thought, and that is the doing of the 
will of our God. There are many things we may be 
doubtful of, as to whether they fall into the category 
of the divine will or not, but of one thing we can 
have no doubt, and that is the carrying of the gos- 
pel to all the world. Every human being has the 
right to hear the Word of reconciliation. It is the 
responsibility of those who have heard to tell it. 




A group of our Argentine believers 



January 2, 1937 




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II! 



Messages from the Jobsons 




ORVILLE 0. JOBSON 



MRS. ORVILLE D. JOBSON 



In less than thirty days, the Lord wilhng, we 
will be aboard the S. S. "Padnsay," sailing back to 
the land of our adoption. This is the same ship on 
which we spent forty-seven days coming home — and 
now I must take back all the unkind things I have 
said against it. When we went up to New York in 
October to "shop" for a ship on which to return to 
Africa, the passenger agent told me that the "Padn- 
say" was "filling up" rapidly. So from all appearance 
we will have a few companions on the outward jour- 
ney. 

All good things of earth come to an end, sooner or 
later. So this furlough, which has been truly a good 
3ne, has now come to a close. As we take retrospect 
3f the year just behind us, we marvel at the good- 
:iess of God to us. His unprofitable servants. Be- 
fore leaving Africa, we literally bathed this furlough 
n prayer. Never before had we felt such a burden 
5f prayer when contemplating furlough. Now we 
oee clearly why the Holy Spirit was making inter- 
;ess:on for us. There was ill health, the uncertainty 
)f a place to live, and the problem of the children. 
3ut now we are at this end of the tunnel, and see as 
ie saw, even from the beginning. How wonderful to 
lave a Lord who knows the end from the begin- 
ling, and then guides us accordingly ! If we were per- 
nitted to have our own way, failure would be just 
iround the corner. 

So we praise God then for renewed strength. That 
vhich we feared would incapacitate us for further 
lervice on the field has been cured to a great extent, 
.nd besides relief from burning and pain, we have 
:ained twenty-five pounds in weight. Physically we 
eel once again "fit" for the term before us, always 
rusting in Him who is our strength. 

As for a place to live — how He has undertaken, 
^he stigma of no certain abiding place was our 
jord's, and we glory in sharing His reproach. But 
lis kind and willing servants have abundantly pro- 
ided. First the good home in Ashland, thanks to 
)r. and Mrs. Bame, and Prof, and Mrs. McCIain who 
ntereeded for us. Then came this home in Ventnor- 
)y-the-Sea, where we have had the most complete 
est since begiiiming our missionary career. During 
'ur travels, we have Kad many homes opened to us, 
md we are thankful for =,,ch kind friends. And 
low thanks to our loyal Sisterhocvj girjs the anxiety 



of a home in which to stay will not be enumerated 
among the burdens of our next furlough, if the Lord 
tarries. A Brethren Missionary Residence — how 
comforting that sounds to weary souls coming home 
for a rest. The Lord bless you girls. We will try to 
be worthy of your confidence as we return to our 
labors over there. 

In the matter of the children the Lord has been 
so faithful to us. It was a great reunion with them, 
first in Philadelphia and then in New Paris. Only a 
few liours after we disembarked at Boston we were 
embracing our Roger at the North Philadelphia Sta- 
tion, where our friends. Brother and Sister Frank, 
and other members of the Philadelphia Church came 
to meet us and welcome us home. He had a good 
home, and may the Lord bless our brother and sister 
for every sacrifice they have made. 

Sunday following was a cold but clear winter day. 
We arrived at New Paris just in time for church 
service. Upon entering, the congregation was sing- 
ing the Doxology. We slipped into a seat just back 
of Brother and Sister Ralph Smoker while Brother 
Rench lead in the invocation. When seated, our 
son David spied us and came back between us. Our 
Kathryn was singing in the choir, and when Brother 
Rench was ready to preach she came back to us, 
and our family was reunited once again. It was a 
very touching scene, and many were in tears. How 
we praise the Lord for those who have done so much 
for Kathryn and David. And now may God give 
them grace and victory, as He vouchsafed to us, 
when first we left them to return to our task in 
Africa. 

For some time we have had a burden that we 
would like to give Kathryn and David the advan- 
tages of the Westervelt Missionary Family, now of 
Columbia, South Carolina. Having prayed consider- 
ably about it, we took steps to place them there for 
the balance of their schooling. Mrs. Westervelt has 
graciously arranged to take them, and the children 
are quite happy. Here they have fellowship in pray- 
er for the needs of each other. The private school, 
taking the students thru the junior year of high 
school, is a real asset. The children joined the fam- 
ily this summer at their summer camp on the 
ocean in North Carolina. 

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happy, and are living in a decidedly spiritual at- 
mosphere. May we request prayer for them, that 
God will supply their every need and draw them 
nearer to their Lord ? 

Last Christmas was spent on the high sea on 
board the "Padnsay." This Christmas, if He per- 
mits, will be spent in Columbia with our three chil- 
dren. Roger who has been with us here, and who is 
returning to Africa with us, is very anxious to see 
his brother and sister. So we are looking forward 
to a blessed Christmas together. Then shortly after 
the holidays, on the 8th of January, we will be off. 

So the furlough is over, and active service is just 
in view. How our heart leaps with joy when we 
contemplate the meeting with our spiritual children. 
We sympathize with all of our supporters for they 
cannot behold the fruit of their giving and praying 
as do we, who serve on the field. Only thru our re- 
ports can you see the work living before you. So 
permit me to record that which I have often said 
thru the brotherhood. It may cheer some fainting 
heart, and spur it on to greater activity. It is my 
firm conviction, that, when the story of Africa's 
evangelization is finally told, and what a story it 
will be, the names of those of you who have sacri- 
ficed and prayed for His work over there will be 
mentioned and rewarded, as well as those of us who 
have served in the battle's front. So let us labor on, 
knowing that the Lord will soon come and reward 
each one according to his works. Goodbye and God 
bless you. 

— ORVILLE D. JOBSON 



Another furlough has come to a close, and truly 
it has been a most blessed one. Our tired bodies 
have been rested, and the Lord has so wonderfully 
answered prayer in healing that we again say with 
the Psalmist David, "Bless the Lord, my soul; and 
all that is within me bless His Holy Name." 

"Going back again." These words have been ring- 
ing in my ears the past few weeks as we gather our 
outfit for another term of service. What a privi- 
lege is ours, if He tarries, to be able to return and 
continue the proclamation of the gospel of salva- 
tion to our brothers and sisters across the sea! 
When we return to the shores of our dear home- 
land, it gives us great joy to again meet our loved 
ones and friends. But there seems to be a greater 
thrill when we plant our feet again on African soil 
and hear those who have been redeemed through 
His precious blood say, "You said you would come 
back, and we have been watching for you. The 
Lord has answered our prayer." The many letters 
that we have received from our African children 
while on furlough reveal their thoughts, as they 
say, "Na oli oui" — that is, we are longing for you. 

Since being here in Ventnor, at the Houses of 
Fellowship, we have met many missionaries from 



all parts of the world. Some have told us, with 
tears in their eyes, that there are no funds to send i 
them back to their fields. One told of how the native | 
workers on the field took up offerings in the I 
churches and raised enough for his return. In these | 
times of lack of vision, how we do praise the Lord 
that our Brethren Church is not only re-sending 
missionaries, but sending out new ones as well. Let 
us praise God for His faithfulness to us. 

We should like to take this opportunity to thank 
all our friends who have helped to make this fur- 
lough a happy one — those who have given of their 
means; those who have entertained us in their 
homes; those who have stood with us in sympathy 
and cooperation. May the Lord bless you one and 
all. We are going back, knowing that we can de- 
pend upon you to stand back of us with your prayers 
and gifts. What a blessed privilege is ours that we 
can all meet around one common mercy seat, re- 
gardless of time and space, and present our praise 
and petitions to the Lord. 

Our prayer is, that we, your ambassadors, may : 
return to the field, filled with the Holy Spirit; and 
that the many souls who are still waiting may hear 
with convicting power the Name that is above ev- 
ery nome, even the name of Jesus, and accept Him 
as their personal Savior. Thus shall His coming 
be hastened. 

—Mrs. ORVILLE D. JOBSON 



THE SUFFICING BIBLE 
When I am tired, the Bible is my bed 

Or in the dark the Bible is my light. 
When I am hungry, it is vital bread. 

Or fearful, it is armour for the fight. 
When I am sick 'tis healing medicine. 

Or lonely, thronging friends I find therein 

If I would work, the Bible is my tool, 
Or play, it is a harp of happy somtd. 

If I am ignorant, it is my school 
If I am sinking, it is solid ground. 

If I am cold, the Bible is my fire. 
And it is wings, if boldly I aspire. 

Should I be lost, the Bible is my guide, 
Or naked, it is raiment rich and warm. 

Am I impi-isaned, it is ranges wide. 

Of tempest-tossed, a shelter from the storm. 

Would I adventure, 'tis a gallant sea. 
Or would I rest, it is a glowery lea. 

Does. gloom oppress? The Bible is the sun. 

Or ugliness ? It is a garden fair. 
Am. I athirst? How cool its currents run! 

Of stifled? What a vivifying air I 
Since thus thou givest of thgself to me, 

How should I give '>^i/self, great Book to thee. 

—Sel. 




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By C. R. Manley, M. D., Missionaiy to India 




(Doctor Manley is always different. This story 
reminds one of David Livingstone in Africa among 
the lions. Paul fought with beasts at Ephesus and 
Dr. Manley kills tigers in India. Evdently the doctor 
is in the direct line of apostoHc succession!) 



It seems a paradox that any "doc" should ever 
render a missionary service by killing. But, strange 
as it may seem, it is sometimes true. It has come 
true here in Hanamakokonda and in my personal ex- 
perience. In fact, I am the guilty person. 

But when a man comes crying that a panther has 
killed his two pet goats and begs you to come and 
shoot the panther, what would you do? You'd grab 
your gun and go and see what you could do. 

In January a panther took possession of a two- 
story house in a section of the town that had been 
desolated by plague. Very few people were left in 
that part of the town. Twice I was called to see the 
panther sleeping on the veranda of the house at mid- 
day, but each time it had slipped inside as the cur- 
ious crowd gathered. It was easy enough to find 
how it got into the house, 
but somehow I couldn't 
work up any enthusiasm 
over the idea of following 
it over the defective wall 
which led into the dark in- 
terior. 

When the man asked me 
to shoot the panther, we 
planned to sit up that night 
on the roof of a little mos- 
que nearby and wait for the 
animal to come back to fin- 
ish his meal. But at the last 
moment the Mohammedans 
refused to allow us to climb 
up on the mosque. It looked 
as though we were out of 
it for that night, but when 
I was about to give up and 
rtart for home, a big, black- 
bearded Sikh invited me to 
join h'm in his machan. He 
had tied his machan (a lit-; 
tie wooden frame about two 
bv four feet, with strings 
stretched across the frame Dr. and Mrs. C. R. 



for one to sit on), in a tree near the front of the 
house. He said he believed that if we would tie a 
live goat out in the road in front of the house, that 
the panther would come and get it. So we procured 
a goat and tied it in the bazaar road in front of the 
house, and then climbed into the tree to await the 
panther's arrival. Our Sikh friend is a man of noble 
proportions, so I took a higher limb for my perch 
and let him occupy the machan. For an hour and a 
half we sat like the proverbial bump on a log, wait- 
ing for the panther to come. And in the meantime, 
my legs went to sleep and my back ached, and I 
wished that there were a little more upholstery on 
my bones. When you sit in a machan you don't move. 
A panther stalking his prey would instantly detect 
the slightest movement or noise, and be off. So I 
sat and let piece after piece of me become paralyzed, 
until most of me had passed into a blissfully coma- 
tose condition. And then, with a roar that tore the 
silence of the night to ribbons and did much the same 
thing to my nei'ves, the panther leaped upon the 
goat, scaring me so badly 
that I nearly fell out of the 
tree. And yet I managed to 
hang on somehow. 

Then came the job of ad- 
ministering the lethal dose 
of lead. How could I shoot 
a thing I couldn't see when 
my hands wobbled as if I 
were scared to death! But 
the panther was there, big 
as life, and we could see 
the black shadow of him. 
That is to say, there was a 
big, black-mass and part of 
it had to be the panther and 
part of it the goat. I fig- 
ured out which part of it 
ought to be the panther, 
and then, with the light of 
a nearby street lamp to help 
me see the sights of my 
gun, and by dint of bracing 
myself to eliminate the 
wobble caused by the breeze 
took a long, careful aim and 
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blazed away. Another roar! But this one didn't have 
the zest to it the first one did. Then came a thrash- 
ing about and a scuffling noice. I couldn't see a thing 
that was going on, whether he was going on, wheth- 
er he was getting up to come and chew off one of 
my sleeping nether limbs, or what he might be up to. 
But they had told me beforehand, "Keep shooting 
as long as there is a sign of motion." So I did. And 
the big Sikh joined in with his old Martini musket. 
It sounded like some major naval engagement — 
Dewey shooting up the Spanish Main or whatever 
it was he did. Finally, our guns got too hot to hold, 
and the shuffling stopped, so we did too. The pan- 
ther was dead, thoroughly dead, for my first shot 
had hit him in the brain. So, after allowing time for 
all nine of his feline lives to leave, we descended and 
examined our prize. He certainly was a beauty. Now 
he hangs on the wall and snarls at the world like 
some pessimists I know. But the man whose goats 
had been killed won't lose any more. 

Last month a panther went stalking through the 
main street of a little village near here and snatched 
a dimpled little brown baby out of its sleeping moth- 
er's arms and ate it. The mother didn't even know 
it was gone till some time later. They wanted me 
to come and shoot that panther. I certainly wanted 
to do it, but other duties prevented. 

Last April, Mrs. Manley and I went into the 
jungle north of us. It was in the midst of the tiger- 
infested area. Across the Godavari River from us, 
there are whole villages and districts that are abso- 
lutely abandoned and deserted because of tigers. 
They have killed the inhabitants and their cattle un- 
til those who were left fled to avoid extermination 
and ruin. 

Every morning I held a clinic and talked with the 
people. Such ignorance and degradation I have found 
nowhere else in India. There were whole villages in 
which there was not a single man or woman who 
could read or write. The name of Jesus Christ had 
never been heard of there. And such pitiful poverty 
and hardship, trying to wrest a living out of the 
jungle. 

While we were in the first village, a tiger killed 
one of the village cows. That night I sat up in a 
machan over the kill and waited for the tiger to 
come back and finish his job. I must have dropped 
asleep, for I was weary and waked up when the 
shikari (native hunter-guide) poked me in the ribs. 
His eyes were as big as saucers, and he was pointing 
frantically over my head toward the body of the 
cow. I looked, and there was the tiger. I just kept 
on looking while he stalked, silent as a shadow, 
across the intervening space, and, seizing the cow 
by the neck, dragged it back into the black shadows 
of the underbrush. Caesar, but he looked big to me ! 
He toted off that cow that it had taken four men 
to drag out into the open, as though it were an 



empty meal sack. By the time he had melted into 
the blackness and there was nothing to shoot at, I 
came to and realized that I had come there to render 
another service of killing. While I rehearsed in Eng- 
lish, French and German and Teluga all the names 
that pertain to or have any bearing on the term 
"fool," "simp," etc., the old boy began his meal. 
How those great teeth sheared through the flesh 
and cracked the bones of that cow! It was enough 
to make the shivers run up and down my spine. It 
got the shikari's "goat" all right. He trembled so 
violently that the machan and even the tree top 
began to shake and creak. I reached over and laid 
my hand on him to steady him, but for some reason 
it failed to have that effect. He trembled all the 
more. Finally, in desperation, I decided to try a 
shot before the tiger should discover us and scoot. 
Holding the gun with one hand, I used the other to 
focus the flashlight on the tiger with gleaming yel- 
low orbs, great teeth, dripping blood. It was a dia- 
bolically evil, snarling face which glared at me. 
Something must have ailed that gun, or perhaps the 
shikari gave an extra big shake. I missed, anyway. 
As he bounded away, I fired again. I didn't raise my 
batting average or throw him out on second with 
that shot either. But two days later I did kill that 
tiger. He had killed another cow, and that time he 
came back before the sun set ; and though my heart 
was hitting about a million a minute, and my tongue 
clave most cohesively to the roof of my mouth, I 
managed to place a leaden pellet where it would do 
a lot of good, and his day's work was done. 

Another night, we sat over another cow and wait- 
ed for the tiger to come back. Ghostly footsteps 
rustling in the dead leaves, circled the kill, then came 
to rest directly below our tree. I leaned over the 
edge of the machan and while one of our Christian 
boys flashed the light, I tried a shot. Gleaming yel- 
low eyes again! And stripes! Blowey! He lay dead 
right in his tracks. And what do you think? My 
tiger was a dirty, old, disreputable scavenger of a 
hyena. Well, there were eighty children killed by 
hyenas in India last year. So possibly I did some 
doting mother a service in killing the hyena, even 
if I did mistake him for another set of stripes. 

Then there was another tiger who came stalking 
up through the jungle toward us and the kill we 
were sitting over. We watched it for fully ten min- 
utes before it came into a clear enough place so 
that I could be sure no twigs would deflect my bul- 
let. It was a wonderful sight to see that great striped 
beast steal through the jungle. The sun was still 
high, and the black stripes on their background of 
brilliant orange were as beautiful as the tiger was 
terrible. I put a bullet in his brain, and great was 
the rejoicing in the village which it had been terri- 
fying for the past five years. 

Early pne morning, we went with the villagers to 



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shoot a tiger that refused to be driven away from 
the buffalo it had killed. It slipped into the jungle 
when we came up, so we got no chance at it. But 
the men tied up a machan and we climbed up into 
it and sat there all day in the blazing sun, waiting 
for the tiger to return. The men had promised to re- 
turn for us at twilight, as we were not prepared to 
stay all night. In fact, we had neither food nor water 
sufficient for the day. But the tiger did not come 
till it had begun to get dark, and it was completely 
dark by the time it had got under our tree. We had 
no flashlight with us, and a black storm cloud hid 
the moon. There was no chance to get a shot, as I 
could not make out the faintest outline of the beast, 
strain as I would. And we were actually famishing 
for water. So I decided that the best thing to do was 
to frighten that tiger away and get down before it 
had gotten another taste of meat. So we yelled and 
fired off a load of buckshot through the underbrush, 
and then shinned down from our perch. We lit a fire 
and got some firebrands burning, and then set off 
up the trail to find some water. And we drank plenty 
when we found it, even if it wasn't boiled ! Then we 
struck out to find our way out of the jungle. Of 
course we got lost. For hours we wandered around 
through those spooky jungle glades. Thunder rolled 
and lightning flicked its angry lash across the sky. 
Oh, to get out of the jungle before the deluge should 
come and put out our little firebrands, and make it 
impossible for us to have any fire at all. Yelling and 
singing to keep the tigers at a distance, and to keep 



up our courage, we kept on and on. At last we broke 
out into the open fields. Safe! And there not far 
away, was a watch fire where a herdsman was 
guarding his little flock. How good it seemed to be 
where we felt sure there was no tiger dodging along 
behind us, ready perhaps to leap onto some of us 
when the storm should extinguish our firebrands 
and leave us in blackness and at the mercy of any 
prowling beasts. But God was good to us, and we 
eventually got home safe. It must be that He has 
other men He wants us to rescue, either from sick- 
ness or from prowling beast, other souls to whom. 
He wants us to show His light and love. After that 
experience, our lives are rededicated and offered with 
a renewed intensity in the service He has entrusted 
to us. 



Dr. Manly went to India in 1917 as a medical mis- 
sionary, but after the first term of service, through 
direct action of God, he became a missionary doctor. 
Due to shortage of funds, the American Baptist For- 
eign Mission Society retrenched in its foreign mis- 
sion fields, and recalled many station missionaries. 
The missionary at Hanamakomonda was recalled 
about ten years ago, and Dr. Manley has had the 
double duty of station missionary and missionary 
doctor in charge of the Victoria Memorial Hospital 
there. At present, he is engaged wholly in mission- 
ary work, and the hospital has been left in charge 
of a lady medical missionary from America, under 
the Baptist Board.— L.S.B. 



BACKSLIDERS IN THE CONGO 

By Ida McLean Black, American 
Presbyterian Congo Mission, Luebo 

Our missionaries often remark that 
if the church at home was as strict in 
discipline as is necessary in Congo, 
there would not be enough people left 
in our churches to keep the home-base 
going, much less furnish the means and 
power for the foreign work. I am think- 
ing of a young boy who was disciplined 
because the heathen grandmother in- 
sisted on tying a charm around his 
her child's neck to ward off some 
dreaded disease. Wasn't the child her 
own, did not her daughter give birth 
to it? She is a Christian herself now. 

A young girl went to the river on 
Sunday afternoon and in a spirit of 
daring took a boat ride with a strange 
soldier — she was disciplined. And 
strange to say, the native pastors and 
elders are more strict in these meas- 
ures than the missionaries. 

Because of these very strict rules 
about Christian life and behavior there 
are necessarily many backsliders. About 
a year ago I was startled to hear some- 
one in a position to know remark on 
the great number under discipline in 
the church at Luebo, and the chance 
remark took root. A Personal Work- 
er's Class had been organized and what 



better objective than this? So we 
tackled the job! Each week every 
worker was given a list of five or ten 
people to hunt up, talk with, pray with, 
and endeavor to bring back to the Lord. 

Personal work, or responsibility for 
your neighbor's spiritual life, is a new 
thing for laymen out here. Until a few 
years ago the great mass of Christians 
felt it was the job of the pastors, eld- 
ers, and evangelists to do soul winning. 
Mrs. Motte Martin put in the hands of 
Tshunga Daniel — one of the most re- 
markable laymen — a book on soul win- 
ning by Torrey, but better than this 
she implanted in his heart a burning 
zeal for this work, and it has grown by 
leaps and bounds all over our Mission. 

Tshunga came to me with a number 
of earnest young men begging that I 
would organize and direct their efforts, 
and so we began literally to comb 
Luebo. The results have been amazing. 
Of course these young men, working 
hand and hand with the pastors, elders, 
and evangelists, do not deserve all the 
credit, but they have helped to put in 
motion a great sense of personal re- 
sponsibility for your neighbor's salva- 
tion. 

It is difficult to make any sort of 
report on Personal Work. So much 
good eludes any words with which to 



tell it. But I believe the spiritual life 
in our whole section has been greatly 
.strengthened and enriched by this 
widespread wave of Personal Evangel- 
ism, and the development of the spir- 
itual life in young men in this class has 
been most gratifying. 

It is also difficult to keep records 
of this nature. Many have been re- 
stored and many others have been en- 
couraged to hope and desire to return 
to the Lord. Marriage ties (and lack 
of proper marriage ties) are the great 
stumbling block in the path of the vast 
majority of heathen people, and often 
this seems insurmountable, but no one 
can foretell the harvest when the seed 
has been sown in an earnest heart 
touched by the Holy Spirit. 

— Congo Mission News 



THE HEATHEN 

One Sunday, when the collection was 
taken for foreign missions, the collec- 
tion bag was taken to Mr. Dives, who 
shook his head and whispered, "I never 
give to missions." "Then take some- 
thing out of the bag," the elder whis- 
pered in reply, "the money is for the 
heathen." — Presbyterian Record. 



Expediency is man's wisdom; doing 
right is God's. — G. Meredith. 



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Th€ Call Drum 



The Drums of the Congo and the Gospel 



By Virginia M. Clarke, Bolenge, Africa 
In The Missionary Review of the World 



Among the Bantu people living in the equatorial 
forest of the Belgian Congo the signal drum is now 
being used as an aid to the spread of the gospel. In 
a land where it is impossible to see for long dis- 
tances, the only way to send a message without a 
messenger is by sound. Formerly the chief purpose 
of the drum was to call people together for fighting. 
What a triumph for Christ is this new, peaceful use 
of the drum! 

When a missionary is itinerating through the trop- 
ical forest his heart is gladdened as he wearily ap- 
proaches a village to meet a band of villagers sing- 
ing Christian hymns. They come joyfully to greet 
him and to make him welcome. Usually the evangel- 
ist is in the lead, followed by the Christians and in- 
quirers seeking baptism. On asking the evangelist 
liow he knew of his coming, the missionary is told 
that the drum in the village which he visited the 
preceding night had boomed through several miles 
of jungle and swamp to apprise them of the arrival 
of the "man of God." While the missionary is rest- 
ing before his hut the evangelist is beating out the 
call to all the Christians to gather for the evening 
cervice. 

In many mission stations a special house has been 
erected to hold a number of these drums which are 
used regularly to call the people to the Sunday 
School, the church services, elders' meetings and 
mission school classes. Often it is the special pride 
and joy of the young boys in the boys' boarding 
schools to beat the mesage on the big drums which 
will start old and young hurrying along the village 
paths leading to God's house. 

Among the Bankundo, who are found along the 



equator where the Congo River crosses it for the 
second time, a particular group of phrases is used 
to call people to a Protestant church service. In their 
language (Londundo) it is: "Ikongo ifonge kukola 
baseka enganbe ea njambola, lotakana, lotakana. 
Tokende bonteke bolo^mbo bole nda ikongo ifonge 
kukola." Translated rather freely this means: 
"Protestants, come together, come together. Let us 
go to the church service which is where the white 
man is found." 

Perhaps in the near future the Christian leaders 
of Congo will find new ways to use their wonderful 
drum language in telling the story of Christ's love 
for all men. 



PROGRESS IN ARGENTINA 

The population has increased since 1914 by 4,187,- 
728 says the National Statistical Bureau. The cen- 
sus of 1914 returned a total of 7,885,237, that of 
December, 1935, 12,372,965. Normal increase ac- 
counts for 80.3 per cent, immigration 19.7 per cent. 

President Uriburu is opening up the country by 
new roads financed by the Petrol Tax. A new Bible 
Van with a three-and-a-half ton Diesel chassis fur- 
nished with accommodation for five persons, has 
now been added to those already using these roads 
for wide evangelization. Four loud speakers in the 
roof will amplify the speaking. 

Governor Fresco, as a measure of security, has by 

decree outlawed communists in the province of 

Buenos Aires. Communist propaganda is prohibited 

and also any connection with the Third International. 

— World Dominion Survey 



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As our furlough draws speedily to a close, and 
Africa calls louder and louder, we are giving a great 
deal of thought to the question, "Why are we going 
back to Africa?" As on other furloughs, so on this 
one also, many of our kind friends have suggested 
that we should stay at home. There is the brother 
who said: "You have done your bit for Africa, now 
let the other fellow do his." Then there is the well 
meaning sister who said: "But you could get a 
pastoral charge here at home, and live more com- 
fortably." And then there is the perennial question 
of how to decide concerning the children. So in all 
seriousness, we have once again considered the ques- 
tion of just why we are going back to Africa. The 
reasons that satisfy us, and bring assurance to our 
hearts are as follows. 

The first and most important, is the fact that God 
has called us to that field, and naturally we want to 
be in the place of His choice for us. When still a 
young man, I offered my life for His service in re- 
sponse to an urgent call from our African field. The 
events of the fifteen years that have elapsed have 
proven that the then existing need 
was God's call to me. 

When in training, our consecrated 
instructors besought us, in the words 
of Romans 12:1-2, to present our 
bodies a living sacrifice to the Lord; 
and early in our training most 
of us did so. It was a 
time never to be forgotten in 
my own experience. From 
that time on, my prayer, in 
the words of a precious 
hymn, was. Have Thine 
Own way, Lord, have Thine 
Own way." Then came this 
urgent call for a young man 
to assist Brother Gribble in 
opening the Bassai Station. 
I accepted this as God's call 
for me. Therefore Africa is 
His choice for me, and I am 
going back to be in my place 
of service for Him. 

There may be other fields 
where the people are more 



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HIS LAMP AM I 
To shine where He 
say; 
Ami lamps are not for siinni/ 
rooms 
Nor for the light of day, 
But for dark places of the 
earth 
Where shame and ivrong 
and crime have birth, 
Or for the murky twilight 
graji 
Where_ ivandering sheep 
have gone astray. 
Or where the light of faith 
grows dim 
And souls ape groping af- 
ter Him. 
And as sometimes a flame 
we find 
Clear-shining t h r n t h. e 
night, 
So bright we do not see the 
lamp 
But only see the light. 
So may I shine — His life the 
fla/me — 
That men may glorify Hia 
name. 
— Annie Johnson Flint. 



attractive — I will not say more interesting. But no 
other people could be more lovely for me to work 
with, because God has called me to these. 

From the standpoint of health, few fields are more 
unhealthy than West Africa, once called "the white 
man's grave." Twenty-one thousand grains of quin- 
ine have been necessaiy to control the malaria germ 
in my body alone. Our field also abounds with sleep- 
ing-sickness, leprosy, and a host of other contagious 
diseases. But rather than discourage us, these things 
confirm the need. 

Twelve hundred and fifty miles up the Congo and 
Oubangui Rivers, takes us to our field, one of the 
most backward of the world. Until recently, human 
porterage on single bush paths was the only means 
of transportation and communication. The source of 
our supplies is still two hundred and seventy-five 
miles away. Upon our arrival cannibalism existed 
and witchcraft held undisputed sway. But in spite 
of these things we are willing to obey His call, and 
return. 

For fifteen years we have labored among them; 
learned their language; preached the 
gospel to them; assisted in translat- 
ing the Word into their language; 
taught them how to read the Word; 
prayed for their salvation; and guid- 
ed the native church toward reliance 
on the Holy Spirit. While on the field, 
our every effort is spent in 
serving them, and while on 
furlough, our thoughts ori- 
ent in their direction. There 
the power of God attends 
our message, and we feel at 
home in the field of His 
choice for us. Like the needle 
of the compass, which al- 
ways turns north, so our in- 
terest instinctively turns to- 
ward Africa. 

Going back? Yes, ttie 
Lord willing, because it is 
the field of His choice for 
us, and we can best glorify 
Him there. 

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are going back to Africa is, that the Africans need 
our Lord, and we want the privilege of telling them 
about Him. 

This is a day when we hear a great deal about 
"sharing" our faith with the non-Christian religions. 
What is meant is, that the best of Christianity and 
the best of the non-Christian religions be amalga- 
mated, and the result will be a world religion. Nat- 
urally there is much disagreement about what each 
is to share. In the case of the African animists, those 
who have made no confession of Jesus Christ, this 
is about what they would agree to. They would ac- 
cept the love of God as manifested through our 
schools and hospitals, for to him this is our best. 
Then unless I miss my guess, they would want us to 
accept their polygamy and ancestor worship, for 
these are his strongest and best. What a strange 
mixture we would have! God save us from such 
empty toil. 

All the while that we are experimenting, the Af- 
ricans are groaning under their load of sin. They 
are not calling us to come over and "share" with 
them, but to come over and "help" them. The teem- 
ing thousands of Africa — for only a small percent- 
age is Christian — are lost in trespasses and sins, 
and the only spiritual help that we can be to them 
is to point them to the "Lamb of God that taketh 
away he sin of the world." He alone can save them 
from their sins and make them new creatures 
through faith in His name. 

We have been too long where the chains of super- 
stition, witchcraft, and ancestor worship prevail, to 
have any hope in a man-made creed for their salva- 
tion. Nothing but the precious blood of Christ can 
ever cleanse them and make them whole. 

I have watched an African father mourn his de- 
parted son. He threw himself, cut himself, and 
ccreaming to the top of his voice said, "Let me die 
and go with my boy, for he will be lost in the spirit 
world, and I will never see him again." Then when 
the boy was buried, the father laid in the grave, 
pleading that he might be buried alive so as to ac- 
company his boy into the spirit world. 

I have seen a native wife, wringing her hands 
over her head, as she thought of the terrible poison 
test that was to be administered to her, to determine 
if she was guilty of her husband's death. He had 
died of a disease that she could not possibly have 
commuted to him. 

In view of such great need, I am thankful that we 
have a gospel of hope, and a Savior who can change 
such lives as these, and speak peace to their troubled 
souls. To many He has spoken His comforting words, 
"Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God, 
believe also in me." 

Going back? Yes, the Lord willing, because the 
Africans need the Lord we preach, and the mission- 
aries are all too few to tell the story. "Whosoever 



shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 
How then shall they call on him in whom they have 
not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of 
whom they have not heard? And how shall they 
hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, 
except they be sent?" Rom. 10:13-15a. 

In the third place, we are going back to Africa 
to nurture the native church, which by God's grace 
we have planted in our field. After the first mis- 
sionary journey of Paul and Barnabas, and follow- 
ing a brief stay at Antioch, Paul said to Barnabas, 
"Let us go again and visit our brethren in every 
city where we have preached the Word of the Lord, 
and see how they do." Paul's churches were looking 
to him for spiritual food and guidance. 

So also, our infant churches in Oubangui-Chari 
are looking to us for help and guidance. In almost 
every letter from the leaders of the native church 
received on this furlough, there is the plea that we 
come back soon. One writes, "If God wills you will 
be coming back soon to give us new spiritual food." 
Another, "You are our father in the things of God, 
and we pray daily for your return to us." They are 
counting on us. How can we disappoint them? It is 
written, "What is our hope, or joy, or crown of re- 
joicing? Are not even ye, in the presence of our 
Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?" 

To organize and nurture a body of believers in a 
far away land is at once a great blessing and a sol- 
emn responsibility. But the Spii'it of God is with us, 
and as we trust Him, He leads to success. Such a 
privilege is granted to very few. We have watched 
the native church grow from the first baptism of 
eight, fifteen years ago, to over two thousand. Those 
who were once without hope and without God in 
the world, are now worshipping our Heavenly Fa- 
ther with faith and love. We have watched them 
gather in the church ; open their song-books and sing 
the gospel songs ; open their Gospels and follow the 
responsive reading; bow their heads as they were 
lead to the throne of grace by one of their own num- 
ber; and then listen to the preached Word. How we 
praise God for what He has wrought. 

Going back? Yes, by His grace, to nurture the 
feeble groups of believers, into strong indigenous 
churches. 

Finally, we are going back to Africa, because the 
Lord Jesus said that after His gospel had been 
preached unto the uttermost part of the earth. He 
would come again. We want Him to come soon. 

The coming of the Lord Jesus is one of the great 
motives for foreign missions. The New Testament 
is full of references to His coming. In this age, the 
Lord Jesus is gathering out from the Gentiles a peo- 
ple for His name. And when this body of believers is 
completed He will come again. Already great num- 
bers have been called out from among the races of 
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January 2, 1937 



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GOD'S SPIRIT CONVICTS OF 
SIN AT BASSAI 

By Orville D. Jobson 




Mail from Africa is "good news from 
a far country" especially to furloughed 
missionaries whose daily thoughts of 
the work there are bathed in the prayer 
that all may be well. Recent letters 
from the field tell of the coming of the 
Spirit in convicting power upon the 
Christians at Bassai and Yaloke. Upon 
one of Brother Hathaway's visits to 
Bassai, the Spirit of God came upon 
the Christians and many of them wept 
and confessed long standing sins. Re- 
pentance was genuine, and many lives 
have been set right with God again. 
Even some of the native workers had 
grievous sins to confess. The visitation 
has left them with a longing to live 
more separated and sanctified lives, and 
with a new burden for the lost all 
around them. Brother Hathaway says, 
"You have prayed much, and so have 
we, for such a conviction and repent- 
ance to fall upon the people. There may 
have been some counterfeiting, but 
many had a real experience with the 
Lord. 

We praise the Lord for this experi- 
ence, and trust that those who are real- 
ly His, will turn forever from the ways 
of sin. The nature of some of their sins 
required that changes be made in the 
offices of the church and chapel teach- 
ing force. But even this has been for 
the good of the work. In all probabil- 
ity articles from the field will enlarge 
upon their experiences, and this note is 
not intended to preclude their report, 
but I want to share with the church at 
large a letter we have received from 
one of our native workers, in which he 
relates from the native's standpoint 
what has taken place. 

The letter is from Noel Gaiwaka, 
about whom we have told so many 
happy incidents. As pastor of the Sta- 
tion Church he was greatly used of the 
Lord, and during our absence has re- 
mained true to his task. He has been 
writing us monthly since leaving the 
field, and his little messages have been 
a source of inspiration during this dif- 
ficult furlough. He gave his life a 
"living sacrifice" to the Lord early in 
his youth, and has never forgotten it, 
as his school days and later his preach- 
ing and teaching have proven. Pray for 
this young man. His letter follows: 

Bassai, August 19, 1936 
Dear Pasteur Jobson, 

I greet you and all in your house in 
the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. 
Everything at Bassai remains about the 
same. Mademoiselle Myers still preach- 
es the Gospel to us, and to all the 
catechists. Bassai is stronger in the 



faith now than ever before. Many of us 
have cried over our sins, going to those 
whom we sinned against, and asking 
their forgiveness. 

Villagers call us fools, for when we 
go to the villages, we stand up and say 
that we desire to follow God, forsake 
our sins and never turn to look at sin 
again. But because of our stand, even 
some of the villagers are repenting. 

Some of the catechists have separ- 
ated from us, and want to go to Bo- 
zoum to get work as nurses. Monsieur 
Hathaway is coming here, but we do 
not yet know what God has put in his 
mouth to say to us. But we continue to 
pray to God for a purer life. 

Also the villagers are much better. 
The big Commander has given orders 
that the chiefs should not persecute the 
people any more. He has also divided 
the cotton plantations by families sep- 
arately. Because of this the villages are 
better, and I know that it is an answer 
to our prayers. 

There are always many children at 
Bassai, and on Sundays the people 
come from far, as at Yaloke also. 
There are many that want to do the 
work of God, but some have gone out 
from us. 

O Monsieur, the world is beginning to 
see the power of the gospel at Bassai 
and Yaloke. We have not forgotten you, 
but pray for you every hour. We plead 
with Him to heal your body. We are 
sick of heart because of your illness; 
but heart-sickness does not accomplish 
much, therefore we are praying much. 

At present my body which was ill in 
October, 1935 is some better, but some 
days I feel very weak. My head has 
been aching me two weeks now. 

How we long for some new word 
from you, hoping that you are better. 

God our Father and our Lord Jesus 
Christ, grant you grace and peace. 
Greet Madame and your children for 
me. 

Your unprofitable student, 
Noel Gaiwaka. 

May the godly sorrow that worketh 
repentance to salvation not to be re- 
pented of, visit every member of our 
African Church, until Christ shall be 
enthroned Lord of their lives. "For 
what is our hope, or joy, or crown of 
rejoicing?" Are not even they in the 
presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at 
His coming? 



"'Till He come!" Oh, let the words 
Linger on the trembling chords; 
Let the little while between 
In their golden light be seen: 
Let us think how heaven and home 
Lie beyond that 'Till He come.' 

When the weary ones we love 
Enter on their rest above. 
Seems the earth so poor and vast, 
All our life-joy overcast? 
Hush, be every murmur dumb; 
It is only 'Till He come.' 

See, the feast of love is spread, 
Drink the wine, and break the bread: 
Sweet memorials — till the Lord 
Call us round His heavenly board; 
Some from earth, from glory some. 
Severed only 'Till He come.' " 

— Marcus M. Wells. 



It is strange how some people can 
withhold from the world, without com- 
punction, the best news that ever came 
into it. 



THE FOREIGN MISSIONARY 

SOCIETY OF THE BRETHREN 

CHURCH 

Financial Report — November, 1936 

General Fund: 

.An. i- Jlrs. E. B. jranky 

(Long Beac!i 1st) $ 2,5(1 

■Misc. (I.ont Beach 1st) 5.00 

Dr. & Mrs. L. E. Lindower, 

Wa.Kaw. Ind 5.00 

•Mrs. Curtis Gable. Warsaw, Ind (1 00 

Mise. Warsaw, Ind 25 

J. W. Kintj, Masnntown, Ta 5.00 

i!ev. & Mrs. S. C Henderson. 

[.■■on. Iowa 10,00 

MaK.izine .subscription 1.0(1 $34.75 

African Central Bible School: 

.Mrs. W, J[. Lyon. Wasliincton. D, 1', 12.00 

A Friend. (Ltms Beacli 1st) .tSO.OO ,102.00 

African GeneraJ Fund 
Mr, & Mrs, C, R. Downing (L, B. 1st) 25.00 

African Native Evangelist Fund: 

Senior C. E. (Long Beach 1st) 12.50 

Wooster, (O. ) Brethren Miss'ry ,Snr. 24.00 30,50 

Crawford Fund: 
.lunior r, E, (Txing Beach 1st) 5.0O 

Foster Fund: 

National W, M. S 5,00 

National Sisterhood or M. & M 5.00 

Philadelphia (1st) 8,25 

Pliiladelphia (3rd) 12.57 

Waynesboro, Pa 10. 00 

Pa, Dist, Conference 10.00 

Pa. Dist. W, M, S 10.00 

Brsan, Ohio 12,47 

Bryan, Ohio W, M. S 10,00 

Bryan, Ohio ,Tunior C. E 5.00 

lUiokota Dist. Conference 1(1. (iS 

Illiokota Di.st. W. M. S 10.00 

Waterloo. Iowa 10.24 

Garwin. Iowa 7.39 

Dallas Center, Iowa 7.30 143,90 

Gribble Fund: 

West Homer Bretiiren, llonierville. O. 11.00 

Job-on Fund: 

Pa. Dist. Sisterhood of M. & M. 25.00 

Kennedy Fund: 

Mission Stndy Class (lynng Beach 1st) 5.00 

Miscellaneous: 

For Hebron Community Center, from 

A Friend. Louisville. Ohio 5.00 

IMissianaries' Home Fund; 

National Sisterhood of M. & M. 3400.00 

IMyers' Fund: 

American T. & T 22.50 

South American Bible & Tract Fund: 

Women's Wnrk Organization Group 

Ttossville. Ind 2.50 

A Friend, Oaliland. Calif 20.00 22.50 

South American General Fund: 

Mr. & Mrs. C, E. Downing 

(Long Beach) 25.00 

IT. ('. Larson. Los Angeles (for 

Mrs. R. Wagner, Argentina) 5.00 30.00 

Taber Fund: 
:Hrs. George Eye (Long Beach 1st) ,. 10,00 

Allentown, Pa 21,50 

Philadelphia (1st) 12.00 

National .Sisterhood of M. & M 25.00 

W. M. S 5.00 73 50 

Total for November $4,201,71 

LOUIS S, BAUMAN, Sec'y-Treas, 



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Christian Endeavor Department j 

MISS MILDRED FURRY, News Editor | 

626 Somerset St., Johnstown, Pa. ! 

REV. L. E. LINDOWER, C. E. Topic Editor 1 

120 N. Bronson St.,, Warsaw, Ind. ! 



TOPIC FOR JANUARY 17 

THE CLAIM OF THE BIBLE 

TO BE TRUE 

Psalms 119:137-150 
Topics for Sub-Leaders 

1. What Truth Is? John 18:37-38; 
14 :G; 17:17. 

2. The Bible Teaching about God is 
True. John 3:12-13; 16:13; I Cor. 2:9- 
11. 

3. The Bible Teaching about Man is 
True. Jer. 17:9-10; Heb. 4:12. 

4. The Historical Record of the Bible 
is Ti-ue. John 19:35; Matt. 19:4-5; Luke 
17:26-29. 

Order of Service 

1. Song.';, "I Know Whom I Have Be- 
lieved," and "I Know God's Promise is 
True." 

2. Scripture reading, Psalms 119:137- 
150. 

3. Song, "My Faith Looks up to 
Thee." 

4. Sentence Prayers (for more under- 
standing of the Word of God on the 
part of ourselves, our teachers, and 
those in authority). 

5. Special music. 

6. Topics for sub-leaders, (preceded 
by Leader's Talk). 

7. Discussion and explanation of 
hard points. 

8. "Search the Scriptures." 

9. Song, "I Would be True." 

10. Benediction. 

"Search the Scriptures" 

1. What does the Bible teach about 
God? John 4:24; Isa. 45:5; Psalms 14:1. 
God? I John 3:20; Psalms 139:7-10; 

2. What are some descriptions of 
Jer. 32:17. 

3. What does the Bible teach about 
man? Gen. 1:27; Rom. 5:12; Mark 7: 
21-23; Rom. 1:28-32. 

4. What does the Bible teach about 
sin? Rom. 3:10,23; I John 3:4, 5:17. 

5. How does sin effect relation.ship 
with God? Isa. 59:2; Psalms 5:4-6. 

6. What does the Bible teach about 
salvation? Rom. 6:23; 5:8; John 3:14- 
16. 

7. Through Whom does God save sin- 
ners? Acts 4:12; I Tim. 1:15. 

8. What does the Bible teach about 
the Christian life? Gal. 2:20; Rom. 12: 
1-2; Col. 1:10. 

9. Of what use is the Bible for Chris- 
tian life? II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 3: 
18. 

10. What is Peter's testimony to the 
truth of Scripture? II Pet. 1:16-21; 
("a more sure word of prophecy"). 



Hard Points Explained 

Pilate thought trath was indefin- 
ite, one thing for one person, another 
for someone else. This could be dis- 
cussed as a deep philosophical ques- 
tion, but that would be out of order 
here. Truth is something definite, un- 
changing. Events, objects, customs may 
change, but the principles of truth do 
not. Take for example the yard-stick. 
What is a yard ? We say it is thirty-six 
inches and think nothing more of it. 
But there is a standard in the National 
Bureau of Weights and Measures which 
is exactly thirty-six inches long, and 
this is the standard for all yard-sticks 
made. Therefore a yard is always the 
same, an exact standard of measure. 
What if every yard-stick was a dif- 
ferent length ? You never could depend 
on how much the dry-goods salesman 
would sell you for a yard of cloth. So 
the Bible is the Yard-stick for God's 
people (and sometimes they need to be 
"spanked" with it). God is Truth, His 
Word is Truth and Truth never 
changes. The Word of God must be an 
unchanging Standard with which to 
"measure" our lives, and that is just 
what it is. 

Practical Points 
By this time we hope that our En- 
deavorers have been reading their Bi- 
bles daily. They should have found 
many verses of special help to them 
which will become their "favorites." 
These should be memorized. It will be 
very helpful and not as difficult as one 
might imagine, to memorize whole 
chapters of the Bible. Take some time 
occasionally in the meetings to have 
these "favorite verses" given froin 
memory. 



PROGRAM IDEAS FROM THE 
PIKE BRETHREN CHURCH 

Mundy's Corner, Pa. 
The Pike Brethren Christian En- 
deavors have been enjoying some pro- 
grams that have been different from 
those previously carried out. We will 
endeavor to pass them on to you that 
you may use these same ideas also, 
if you wish. 

The telephone meeting was a very 
happy one and everyone was privileged 
1,0 participate in this service. When 
the leader gave out the topics and 
questions, in.stead of using the ordinary 
numbering, telephone numbers were 
used. The hymns were also given to 
members to announce when the num- 
ber was called. The leader called the 



first number after which each one par- 
ticipating checked one of the numbers, 
which were written on a blackboard, 
and it was called by the leader. No one 
knew what number would be called 
next, so that the program was not in 
any particular order. This added to the 
interest. One thing that was beneficial 
was the fact that each one had to go 
to the front of the room to call the 
number and so the speakers were al- 
ways before their audience. 

We enjoyed the topic "Morals in the 
Movies" also. Each part given out was 
called by a letter in place of a number. 
The letters were made out of cardboard 
and handed to the members. It was 
very necessary that each member on 
the program be present at the meet- 
ing which is sometimes not the case. A 
line was stretched across the wall in 
the front of the room and as each one 
took his part, his letter was hung on 
the line. When the program was con- 
cluded, the slogan which hung upon 
the wall was as follows: "We will ab- 
stain." The point was brought out 
that each one had helped to make the 
slogan and consequently each one should 
make it part of his life. 

Did you ever receive a gift at Chris- 
tian Endeavor? The topic of our les- 
son was "Gifts of God for All of Us." 
The talks were given out before the 
meeting as usual. As each one ap- 
peared on the program the leader pre- 
sented them with a gift all tied up in 
a box, some large and some small. In 
the box was contained your part in the 
progi'am. This was more or less of a 
surprise meeting, the program being 
impromptu with the exception of the 
talks. 

These varied meetings create new 
enthusiasm and seem to be appreciated 
by every member. 

Mrs. Robert Ashman 

Prayer Meeting Committee Chairman 



COUNT IT ALL JOY 

(Continued from page 2) 

know the meaning of "It is written," 
of verses 4, 7, 10. 

Billy Bray had a weather-vane over 
his mission hall, on which were in- 
scribed the words, "God is love;" and 
when someone asked why he put it 
there, his very suggestive answer was, 
"Why, I want people to know that God 
is love whichever way the wind blows." 
I do not know the philosophy of it, 
but I do know that if we will but count 
by faith, count in the dark, just because 
He has bidden us, that somehow He 
has a way of changing things and 
bringing beautiful sunsets from the 
darkest clouds and richest harvests from 
the desert tracts. 

One day a great black cloud came 
sweeping down upon us, sudden, unex- 
plainable. We were living in a house 
which we had leased for one year, and 
which was used for office, home for 
missionaries, etc.; but now, three 
months before our lease expired, the 



Jamoary 2, 1937 

house was suddenly sold, and we were 
told to vacate. At this time we were all 
alone, as all of our missionaries had 
returned to the field. It was autumn, 
when the tourists pour into our city; 
every available house or apartment was 
taken, and the lents advanced to such 
an enormous amount that even had 
there been one available, we should not 
have been able to secui'e it. 

How to break the news to my dear 
sufferer I knew not, for I had been 
strongly cautioned not to allow the 
least bit of exciting news to reach him. 
For months I had so carefully shielded 
him from everything of an unpleasant 
nature, giving him only the cheery let- 
ters and the happy news; but here was 
a situation that so vitally concerned us 
both that the news had to be broken. 
Oh, how I suffered in spirit over this! 
Then, too, I had been cautioned not to 
attempt to move him downstairs, lest 
the strain might prove fatal. Where 
were we to go, and what were we to 
do ? We were indeed "entangled in the 
land" (Exodus 14:3), with seemingly no 
way out. Satan was right at hand to 
say, "Pity yourself, for now this is a 
sure proof that God has forsaken you. 
I told you this was just the way it 
would turn out when you chose the 
life of a missionary." He told me of 
the home I might have had, of the 
health my husband might have had, 
etc. An effective speaker he, with six 
thousand years' experience of eloquent 
reasonings! Again a sweet voice whis- 
pered, "Count it all joy." 

I went into the room where my pre- 
cious sufferer lay so weary and worn, 
and said to him, "We shall have to 
move; the house has been sold." The 
Lord had gone beforehand, and pre- 
pared the way; and all he said was; 
and he said it with a smile, "Are you 
counting it all joy?" 

I took my harp from the willow, and 
sang the Doxology; also the dear old 
hymn: 

"In some way or other the Lord will 
provide; 
It may not be my way, 
It may not be thy way; 
And yet, in His own way, 
The Lord vnW provide." 

Together we "counted it all joy," and 
trusted. 

I have stood at times by the deep 
blue sea, watching the breakers as they 
came rolling in. Far out at sea they 
would roll up, gathering strength as 
they rushed along, as if to lash the 
shore in their fury, when, lo, they would 
break upon the sand and softly recede, 
scattering along the sands, lovely pearl- 
lined shells filled with the soft-toned 
music of the sea. These we would pick 
up and carry home as mementos. Today 
we have another memento, and like 
Samuel of old, would raise a "stone of 
witness" inscribing thereon, "Hitherto 
hath the Lord helped us." We read in 
Exodus 14:21 how the Lord caused the 
sea to go back all that night as He 
led His children through the Red Sea- 



All that night He worked for us, and 
the following morning, in the most won- 
derful way, a home was given us, and 
we were told to "move no more" (I 
Chron. 17:9). 

When the day for changing our resi- 
dence came, instead of an ambulance 
to carry the sufferer, he walked down 
the stairs, and four blocks to the little 
home provided by the Lord Jesus Him- 
self. Praise His Name! It had been built 
by a dear woman for an invalid hus- 
band, but the Lord had called him 
home. Every little convenience was 
there, — gas furnace, fire-place, built-in 
study, sunroom, etc., — such an unpre- 
tentious little place, yet so comfort- 
able. 

"He will silently plan for thee; 
His purposes shall all unfold; 
The tangled skein shall shine at last, 
A Masterpiece of skill untold." 

The years have been pressed full of 
prayer; glorious have been the an- 
swers; and the Lord has been pleased 
to smile upon the work in heathen 
lands which He has committed to our 
care, so that there has been an in- 
crease of stations, workers, and mis- 
sionaries — six of the most fruitful 
years in our experience. He has taught 
us some precious lessons while we have 
been in our "desert training school." 
Ways have been made where there 
were no ways. 

One day two dear men of God, entire 
strangers to us, called at our home. 
One was from India's coral strand, the 
other from Siam, — both with an un- 
speakable burden upon their hearts for 
the great unreaped fields of Annam 
and Tibet. Having heard of our vil- 
lage campaigns in Japan and Korea, 
they had come' to beg of us to open a 
Bible School in Annam, and to evan- 
gelize the villages of that great coun- 
try. French Indo-China, with her 22,- 
000,000, and only a small handful of 
missionaries, the villages, untouched; 
the Tai people numbering 3,000,000; 
Tibet just across the border line from 
China, and 500,000 Tibetans on this 

side with little work among them 

the immeasurable need among these 
peoples has opened before us a greater 
mission field that is just now the sub- 
ject of our earnest prayer. The broth- 
er missionary, who has spent thirty 
years in Siam, and who speaks three 
native languages most fluently, has of- 
fered to translate the tracts and litera- 
ture for the village work among the 
various tribes in tha dark land, also to 
aid us in every way in establishing the 
Bible School. And thus the Lord is 
working while we are "counting it all 
joy." 



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WHY I AM GOING BACK TO 
AFRICA 

(Continued from page 14) 

the world, but of the Africans there 
are comparatively few. There are 
whole tribes in central Africa where 
the gospel has not been thoroughly 
prcacneu. I know of a tribe of 10,000 
people who are waiting for a witness; 
another of 15,000 who have heard the 
Word but a few times. What challeng- 
ing opportunities for the man wno 
would preach the gospel unto the utter- 
most! 

Every new soul that is won to the 
Lord, and every new tribe that is oc- 
cupied, brings us one step nearer our 
goal. What a great incentive to mis- 
sionaries and Cliristian workers, that 
it might be their privilege to win the 
last soul that is to usher in the com- 
ing of the Lord! 

After all, His coming is the cure for 
all our ills. We cannot have peace with- 
out the Prince of Peace among us — no 
millennium of righteousness without 
the Sun of Righteousness in our midst. 

So in the hope that we might be used 
in hastening His blessed coming, we 
are going back to Africa, where the 
"fields are white unto the harvest." 

Going back? Yes, if He wills. We 
have faced this question at the close 
of each furlough. And each time, in 
quiet meditation and worship with the 
Lord of our lives, we have pledged al- 
legiance to Him and His cause; and 
found that when the day for sailing 
came. Me had ironed out every prob- 
lem, and we boarded the vessel with 
calmness and peace as He stepped on 
board with us. He will not fail us this 
time. 

So we join the great host of mis- 
sionaries, who after a brief stay in 
their native land, experience the senti- 
ment expressed in Mary E. Albright's 
appropriate poem: 
"For there are my chosen people. 
And that is my place to fill; 
To spend the last of my life and 

strength 
In doing my Master's will. 
Let me go back. 'Tis nothing 
To suffer and do and dare; 
For the Lord has faithfully kept His 

word. 
He is with me always — there." 



"But if you stdll this call refuse, 
And all His wondrous love abuse, 
Soon will He sadly from you turn, 
Your bitter prayer for pardon spurn, 
'Too late.' too late!" will be the cry — 
'Jesus of Nazareth has passed by'." 

— Dwight L. Moody. 



A NEGRO MAMMY was asked why 
she called her offspring "Morphine." 
She replied that she had heard white 
folks say that morphine came as the 
"produck' ob de wild poppy; an' if 
evah a chile had a wild poppy, his am 
him." This may provoke a smile from 
many, but nevertheless it calls to mind 
the grim ti-uth that unless one is born 
again, he has a 'wild poppy.' For fur- 
ther information read Jno. 8:44. 

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W. I. DUKER 

Pretident 
Goshen. Ind. 

E. U MILLER 

Vice Preiideni 
Maurertown, Va. 



NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 
ASSOCIATION 

S. M. WHETSTONE 
Editor for January 



V. LEATHERMAN 
General Secretary 
Berlin. Pa. 

M. A. STUCKEY 

Treaiurer 

Aihland. Ohio 



SUNDAY SCHOOL ESSENTIALS 

By Roy A. Patterson, Bible School 
Superintendent, Dayton, Ohio 

The things which we might enumer- 
ate and which may be required in build- 
ing a successful Sunday School are 
many and varied. We believe to build 
a successful Sunday School there must 
of course be a proper and adequate 
building, the necessary equipment, a 
proper course of study, proper environ- 
ment and many other tangible things 
which add to appearance, comfort, and 
efficiency of the place in which we 
gather to study and worship. We be- 
lieve it is sufficient to say, the most im- 
portant thing of all is a proper founda- 
tion upon which to build. 

Many buildings fall into ruin and 
decay, many projects fail because they 
have nothing solid upon which to build, 
and many churches and schools have 
closed their doors because they had 
chosen improper foundation materials. 

If our Sunday Schools are to attract, 
to provide stability and a place of shel- 
ter and safety for our youth, there 'can 
be but one thing upon which we can 
safely build— THE BIBLE. Upon this 
the protection and safety rightfully ex- 
pected. Into this structure there must 
be built certain things that are really 
essential for a successful school. 

If we are constantly haunted by the 
great number of American youth on 
our highways, in the streets and ques- 
tionable places of our land where they 
will be claimed by sin and crime; if we 
recognize that seventy-five per cent of 
all conversions take place before reach- 
ing the age of twenty years, if we 
realize the chances are three to one 
against these boys and girls becoming 
Christians after reaching the age of 
twenty-one years; if we know that less 
effort is required to win twenty chil- 
dren to Christ than one mature adult; 
if we could appreciate the fact that a 
pupil won to Christ in the Sunday 
School will be disposed to stand by 
that school which took an interest in 
him; then we would realize more fully 
that the greatest evangelistic field is 
the Sunday School, and that we should 
reach out to touch the boys and girls 
of our communities and bring them 
within the realm of the influence emin- 
ating from our Sunday Schools. 

Much can be said, both pro and con, 
on emphasizing attendance, but the 
only conclusion we can reach is that 
these boys and girls cannot be taught 
and feel the power and grip of the 
church if they are not brought within 
her walls. In secular affairs we do not 
hestitate to advertise, to invite, to urge 



and to contact in many and varied 
ways, those whom we would seek. Why 
be so timid about the things of the 
church ? 

Punctuality must also be built in oui 
Sunday Schools, if they are to be suc- 
cessful. Not only punctual as to time 
but to duties as well. President Wash- 
ington's secretary gave his excuse for 
being late that his watch was slow, to 
which the President replied, "Better 
get a new watch or I shall have to get 
a new secretary." This may suggest 
something to those of us who are en- 
gaged in Sunday School work. 

A careless teacher may not teach 
much Bible or lead her group far in 
learning to live a Christian life, but 
there is one thing she teaches with in- 
evitable success — that is her attitudes 
and habits with reference to the work 
of the church and Sunday School. Many 
pupils learn habits of tardiness, ab- 
sence and unprepared lessons along 
with irreverence and indifference from 
his Sunday School teacher. No teacher 
can teach what she herself is not. We 
teach ourselves more than we teach any 
book and every one who occupies a 
position of responsibility and leader- 
ship should aspire to be at his best, 
both in preparation and attitudes. 

In the opinion of the writer, the most 
essential element in the building of a 
successful Sunday School, after becom- 
ing a Christian, is consecration. Prep- 
aration and continued study is very 
necessary and no teacher or officer 
should continue to hold a position in 
the Sunday School unless that teacher 
and officer has, each year, made an 
earnest effort to become better quali- 
fied for the position occupied, but im- 
portant as this is, we would much rath- 
er have a consecrated worker with little 
training than one with much training 
whose life has not been surrendered to 
the Lord in His service. 

As every builder knows, every build- 
ing must be securely tied together and 
held intact by that which is known as 
the keystone. A Sunday School may be 
possessed of a fine building in which 
to worship, splendid equipment to use 
in the work, a fine, efficient group of 
teachers and officers, a splendid re- 
sponse in attendance and the many oth- 
er things which a superintendent may 
hope for, but unless those things have 
something to hold them together and 
to bind them more securely and strong- 
ly as the burdens are laid on that 
structure will crumble just as the build- 
ing would fall to the ground and be 
worthless, without the keystone. 

For a successful Sunday School we 



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can recommend but one keystone, the 
Christ whom we should seek to serve. 
If the Bible be our foundation and 
Christ the keystone, our Sunday Schools 
will stand, and in standing help oth- 
ers to stand. 



THE BREWERY AGE 

A magazine, rejoicing greatly in the 
overwhelming victories that they feel 
liquor has won all over the nation, now 
becomes very bold. Here is a para- 
graph therefrom: 

"Let us now make their mouths wa- 
ter. Show the housewives how to serve 
beer. Instill into every advertisement 
enough appetite appeal to make their 
mouths water." 

The wicked are exulting in great glee 
these days. However, we know of an 
old Book that gives the righteous a bit 
of comfort. It says: "Knowest thou not 
this of old, since man was placed upon 
the earth, that the triumphing of the 
wicked is short, and the joy of the 
hypocrite is but for a moment?" Again: 
"For yet a little while, and the wicked 
shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently 
consider his place, and it shall not be 
. . . For evil doers shall be cut off: 
but those that wait upon the Lord 
shall inherit the earth." Wait, then, 
my soul, upon the Lord! — L.S.B. 



Is it well with your soul? 

BRETHREN MISSIONARY 
DIRECTORY 

SOUTH AMERICA 
ADDRESS: 433 Rivadavia, Rio Cuarto. Prov. C«rd- 

oba, Argentina. South America. 
Rev. Clarence L. Sickel. SupL 
Mrs. Clarence L. Sickel. 
ADDRESS: Almafuerte, Prov. Coi'doba. Argentine, 

South America. 
Dr. Charlei F. Yoder. 
Mr>. Charles F. Yoder. 

SOUTH AMERICAN NATIONAL PASTORS 

Adolfo Zeche, Huinca Renanco. 

Domingo Reina, Tancacho and Hernando. 

Louis Sicciidi. Cabrera. 

Riccardo E. Wagner, Rio Cuaito. 

Juan Pisani Bible Coach Worker. 

AFRICA 
ADDRESS: Yaloke. nar Boali. par Bangui, Oubangul- 

Chari. French Equatorial Africa. 
Rev. John W. Hathaway, Supt. 
Mrs. John W. Hathaway. 
Miss Mary E. Emmert, 
Miss Elizabeth S. Tyson. 
ADDRESS: Bassai, par Bozoum, par Bangui, Ou- 

bangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 
Miss Estella Myers. 
Miss Grace Byron. 
ADDRESS: Bellevue, par Bossangoa, par Bangui, Oli- 

bangui-Cliari, French Equatorial Africa, 
Rev, Chauncey B. Sheldon, 
Mrs, Chauncey 8. Sheldon. 
Miss Florence Bickel. 
ADDRESS: 1st or 2nd Class Mail— Bekoro, par 

Bassai, par Bozoum, par Beberati, par Yaounde, 

Oubangui'Chari, Fr, Eq. Africa. 

PARCEL POST: Care of C. B. Sheldon. 

Bellevue, par Bossangoa, par Bangui, Oubangui- 

Chari, Fr, Eq, Africa. 
Rev. Curtis G. Morrill. 
Mrs. Curtis G. Morrill. 
Mrs. Wllhelmina Kennedy, 

MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH 
Rev. and Mrs. Orville D, Jobson, 

6340 Ventnor Ave., Ventnor. N, J, 
Rev. and Mrs. JoSGph H. Foster, 

1925 E. 5th St., Long Beach, Calif. 
Rev. and Mrs. Floyd W. Taber. 

5777 Campo Walk, Long Beach, Calif. 
Dr. Florence N. Gribble. 702 Grant St.. Ashland, O, 
Miss Mabel Crawford, 131 N, Pickering, Whittier, Calif, 



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December 12, 1936 



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NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




LOUISVILLE, OHIO 

We spent the latter part of August 
visiting and witnessing for our Lord in 
our old home state of Kansas. We vis- 
ited first the church of our boyhood 
days, the church at Bethel, near Mul- 
vane, Kansas. We preached one Sunday 
here for Rev. Elmer Keck and rejoiced 
to be able once again to meet with rel- 
atives and friends of days gone by. We 
found this faithful group busy in the 
Lord's work under the able leadership 
of their hustling pastor. We also had 
a delightful time in a brief visit at 
Fort Scott where we were graciously 
entertained in the home of Brother and 
Sister L. G. Wood. Their home had 
been our stopping place many times 
when he was our pastor and during the 
time of my high school days at Mul- 
vane. To say the least our stay was 
thoroughly enjoyed. Here we conducted 
the mid-week service to a very apprec- 
iative audience. Before returning east- 
ward with our friend Russell Williams 
we brought the message to his people at 
McClouth. These were days crowded 
with rich experiences in the renewing 
of old friendships and the creating of 
new ones. We were permitted to visit 
the old home and the dear old mother 
and the sisters from whom we had been 
separated for nine years. The Lord was 
graciously good to us. 

Upon our returning to our work here 
we found our people anxious to push 
on in the work of the Lord. When we 
look back over the days we find that 
we have experienced some degree of 
progress for which we praise the 
Lord. The first day of special interest 
was October 18 when we observed Rally 
Day in our church school. We had the 
'Gribble-Dunning Trio' with us, and 
their messages both in sermon and song 
were full of blessing and spiritual up- 
lift. Our attendance for the day did 
not reach quite as high a figure as last 
year, but we had made no special ef- 
fort and felt pleased that the majority 
of our enrollment was present. 

On November 9, Rev. A. L. Lynn be- 
gan a "Good News Revival" with us. 
These were days of real hard work and 
genuine Christian fellowship in the 
Lord. On Sunday the 15th we wit- 
nessed a very happy time in our annual 
Homecoming Day activities. Evangelist 
Lynn brought a heart-searching mes- 
sage at the 11 o'clock hour, which re- 
sulted in the reconsecration of most of 
the members present and the salvation 
of seven precious souls. Several num- 
bers of instrumental music were ren- 
dered and the Booster Quartet of Can- 



ton brought several inspiring messages 
in gospel song. 

On this day more than $700.00 were 
laid on the altar for the liquidation of 
the church debt which was another item 
of sincere interest. We expect this 
fund to reach the $1000.00 mark when 
it is all in. 

At the noon hour, some 150 members 
and friends gathered about the tables 
for a bountiful meal, where all en- 
joyed an hour of real Christian fellow- 
ship. A program of music and speeches 
of a reminiscent nature brought the 
hour to a happy close. For this part 
of our service we were pleased to have 
with us Rev. J. P. Kliever of the Mid- 
dlebranch church who pepped us up in 
our group singing. Brother Jake is 
always an inspiration. 

Our special effort closed on the eve- 
ning of the 22nd. As a direct result of 
the meetings there were some 30 re- 
consecrations and 20 confessions. There 
vi^ere 15 baptisms on the last two eve- 
nings and the other 5 will receive bap- 
tism in the near future. We reached two 
new homes which will mean added 
strength and help in the work in the 
future. We were happy to entertain 
Brother and Sister Lynn in our home. 
The two weeks will be cherished in all 
the years to come. Rev. Lynn is an 
evangelist of more than usual ability. 
His messages demand the closest at- 
tention. He is a prince among preach- 
ers. We thank the Johnstown people 
for loaning him to us for this brief 
time. 

Pray that we may be faithful in our 
added responsibilities. 

A. E. Whitted. Pastor 



ROANOKE, VIRGINIA 

We have read with much interest re- 
ports of many Rally Day services this 
fall and have rejoiced in progress which 
has been reported. 

Inasmuch as our program this year 
was different from any we've previous- 
ly had or heard about, we thought per- 
haps the Evangelist readers might be 
interested to learn of it. 

Our "Rally Day" lasted from Friday 
night, Oct. 2 through Sunday night, 
Oct. 4. Beginning Friday we had fam- 
ily night at the church, with an un- 
usually large percentage of our Bible 
School in attendance. An interesting 
program was given in the auditorium, 
following which we went to the base- 
ment where appropriate games and 
contests were held. Then the director, 
Miss Virginia Brumbaugh, has us doing 
"funny little stunts" with our fingers. 



most of which we usually did wrong, — 
like confusion at a mutes convention. 
Doing them wrong helped make that 
part of the evening interesting. 

Sunday morning we had a combined 
service which was both uplifting and 
inspirational. One could just feel the 
spirit of peace and love which seemed 
to permeate the whole assembly. Our 
largest attendance yet was reached, 
244. 

Sunday night the Rally Day program 
was concluded with a pageant. The plot 
depicted two old men sitting on a park 
bench near a street intersection. The 
street scene was made more realistic 
by having an old fashioned lamp post 
on the platform with a light atop and 
the street signs on it. 

One man was reared in a Christian 
home, the other in a godless one. Both 
were practically down and out, from a 
worldly viewpoint. One had a trea- 
sured hope buried deep in his breast 
that he was a sojourner here, with his 
citizenship in heaven. The other had 
no hope, and was an outspoken scof- 
fer. 

In their discussion they brought us 
scenes of their boyhood days, and of 
what happened in their respective 
homes on Sunday mornings. Dunng 
their conversation (which took place at 
the extreme right of the platform! a 
low box with four lights in it was fo- 
cused on them. As the conversation 
drifted to other years, the lights grad- 
ually dimmed, then went out. Then an- 
other set of lights lighted the opposite 
end of the platform, where other per- 
sons portrayed what the men had talked 
about. As these finished, the second set 
of lights slowly faded out and the scene 
shifted back to the original characters. 
The seat of action changed several 
times during the performance. 

At last, different young ladies from 
the Bible school, arrayed in white, rep- 
resenting such virtues as Faith, Hope, 
Love, etc., came to the Christian's aid 
to help him try to win his new-found 
friend for Christ. 

The pageant was given to a full 
house, and all the participants played 
their parts exceedingly well, making 
the whole program beautifully impres- 
sive. 

The lighting effect was planned and 
put into execution by Brother R. A. 
Greig, and was so timed and arranged 
that it greatly increased the effective- 
ness of the pageant. 

Let all Christians join in praying 
that all others may continue faithful, 
for we are promised, "To him that 
overcometh, will I give to eat of the 
tree of life, which is in the midst of the 
paradise of God." 

W. V. Findley, Cor. Sec'y 



THE INSTITUTE OF 
NOVEMBER SIXTH 

The second Institute of the Brethren 
Berean Band of northern California 
was held in the Brethren Church at 

Ashland Theolc^'cal Library 

Ashiand. Ohio 



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Turlock Friday, Nov. 6, 1936. Every- 
one enjoyed a pot luck supper at which 
the joys of Christian fellowship were 
showed. A program followed the supper 
which was presided over by the pres- 
ident, Artie Varner. 

The congregation sang some choruses 
conducted by the song leader in open- 
ing the program. One speaker from 
each of the four churches had been 
chosen by the executive committee to 
speak on the scriptural text Phil. 3: 
13, 14. There was a period of devotion 
led by Mrs. Walfred Johnson of Tur- 
lock. An orchestra composed of young 
folks from the churches played some 
special music, also a vocal solo, a piano 
solo, and a quartet was enjoyed by all. 
The congregation joined m smgmg 
"The Grace of Jesus." Brother Walfred 
Johnson led a testimony meeting fol- 
lowed by prayer and singing from the 
congregation. The meeting was closed 
in prayer. We trust the Lord will per- 
mit us to continue these so much en- 
joyed institutes as long as He tarries. 
In His service, 
Florence Smith, 
Sec'y of Brethren Berean Band. 



as director. One of our Ashland friends 
equipped the forty-two piece band with 
uniforms. An a cappella choir has been 
organized which we feel is an organ- 
ization of ability. We hope to make the 
service of this organization available 
to the church. 

It is the plan to report from time 
to time to the Evangelist the college 
activities. 

We have much to be thankful for 
and are grateful to God for His kind- 
ness and goodness. 

C. L. ANSPACH 



COLLEGE NEWS ITEMS 

The college opened in September with 
the following number of students en- 
rolled: College of Arts and Sciences— 
251, Seminary— 24, Saturday school— 
39, totaling 314. This is a decrease over 
last year. The enrollment was not as 
large as we would like to see it, but 
we are thankful that it is this high. 

There was also a decided decrease in 
the Summer School enrollment. Enroll- 
ment for the first term was 158 and 
the second term 102. There was a de- 
crease in the summer enrollment of ap- 
proximately 100 students. 

We designated the Sunday of October 
18th as a day of prayer and asked that 
the various churches remember the 
college and its problems on that day. 
We had a number of encouraging let- 
ters from the pastors and know the pe- 
titions offered in our behalf have been 
answered. We will set aside another 
Sunday as a day of prayer. The date 
will be announced later. 

The financial contributions from the 
citizens of Ashland are very encourag- 
ing. The contributions this year will 
approximate $15,000. We greatly ap- 
preciate this effort from our Ashland 
friends and their loyal support. I re- 
gret to say that the response from the 
(Educational Day offering was quite 
disappointing. A year ago it totaled 
$1,176. Unless more churches forward 
the offering, the response this year will 
be much less than that of a year ago. 

The faculty has been quite active in 
Bible institutes, conferences and com- 
munity activities. The seminary faculty 
has served in a number of Bible insti- 
tutes. The college faculty has attended 
various state conferences and appeared 
on various state programs. 

The college musical activities have 
been reorganized with Mr. Louis Pete 



MEET SOME OF OUR JUNIORS 

It is with real delight that we pre- 
sent the pictures of these four girls 
who completely and commendably filled 
out the Boys' and Girls' Quarterly for 
July-September, 1936. Their respective 
quarterlies were submitted to us for in- 
spection, and we were certainly pleased 
with them. 

We consider two of these quarterlies 
to be as near perfect as Juniors could 




make them. Though the merits of the 
quarterlies were determined by the ac- 
curacy of the answers, we were amazed 
at the excellent condition in which 
these two were returned to us. Neither 
of them showed the slightest wear-and- 
tear and the blanks were very neatly 
filled in. From every standpoint, they 
are without a doubt the best quarterlies 
which have ever been submitted to us. 
One came from nine-year-old Thais Al- 
lene Good of the Sunday School at La- 
Verne, Calif, and the other from eleven- 
year-old Maurita Mae Myers of Wash- 
ington, D. C. These girls' pictures are 
1 and 2 respectively. If they had been 
the same age, we would have said they 
tied for first honors, but taking ages 
into consideration, we feel we must 
give preference to Thais Allene. 

Our Junior boys and girls, as well 
as their teachers, will be interested to 
know how Thais Allene studies her 
lessons. Every morning before leaving 
her room, she takes time for prayer 



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and Bible study. At that time, she fills : 
out the day's work in her quarterly. 
Now, don't you think this is a splendid 
plan? We think she is to be especially 
commended because she must leave for 
school before eight o'clock. On Friday 
evening she reads to her mother the 
questions from her quarterly, together 
with her answers and the Bible verses 
where they are found. In this way she 
makes sure that she has not made any 
mistakes. On Saturday morning she 
completes her week's work. You will 
also be interested to know that for the 
past two quarters, Thais Allene has 
been able to recite every memory text 
with its reference, and that without er- 
ror. If any other Juniors can equal or 
surpass her record, we would be de- 
lighted to hear about them. 

From Maui-ita Mae we have this 
word, "I have enjoyed it (completeing 
the quarterly) very, very much, and I 
am sure I'll be a better Christian than 
I was before." Thank you, Maurita 
Mae, for your kind words. Our con- 
stant prayer is that the Lord will great- 
ly enrich, not only your own life, but 
also the lives of all our other Juniors. 

The next best quarterly comes from 
Ruth E. Landis, eleven years old, of 
the Berlin, Pa. Sunday School. Her 
picture is number 3. Ruth's quarterly 
not only shows careful study of her 
lessons, but she has the distinction of 
sending us the only quarterly we have 
ever received written in ink. A high 
school student could not have filled in 
the blanks more neatly. May the Lord 
bless you, Ruth, and give you a real 
understanding of His precious Word. 

Another quarterly desei-ving of hon- 
orable mention comes from Alice Rus- 
sell, age eleven, of the Bryan, Ohio 
Sunday School. No doubt Alice's splen- 
did work keeps the rest of her class 
busy in their effort to outdo her. Alice, 
we pray that the Lord may become very 
real and precious to you as you study 
His Word. 

We have so enjoyed the quarterlies 
which have been sent us, and are so 
encouraged by the excellent work, that 
we would like to give others the op- 
portunity of seeing what our Junior 
boys and girls are doing. We are there- 
fore asking our Junior teachers and 
superintendents to keep their eyes open 
for quarterlies of real merit and send 
them to us in time to display them at 
national conference next summer. 

In visiting some of the nearby Sun- j- 
day Schools, we have been particularly 
impressed with the excellent work some 
of our boys and girls are doing in the 
Thi-u-the-Bible course — in fact, we are 
more than proud of them. We pray that 
as they pursue their study in the Word, 
they will be thoroughly grounded in its 
precious truths and will come to know 
personally the Savior whom it exalts. 
We wish to thank all those who have 
written us, expressing appreciation for 
this new course. Boys, girls and teach- 
ers, may the Lord richly bless each 
one of you. 



Vol. LIX, No. 2 



W. S. Benshoff Feb. 3? 

306 Colleg-e Ave, 
ABhland, Ohio 



January 9, 1937 



The BRETHREN 

EVANGELI 




WOMAN'S OUTLOOK NUMBER 




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The Way to a Happy New Year 

To leave the old ivitfi a burst of song, 

To recall the right and forgive the wrong; 

To forget the thing that binds you fast 

To the vain regrets of the year that's jxist; 

To have the strength to let go your hold 

Of the not-worth-ivhile of the days groivn old, 

AND 

To dare go forth with a pur2)ose true. 

To the unknown task of the year that's new; 

To heljy your brother along the road 

To do his work and lift his load; 

To add your gift to the ivorld's good cheer. 

Is to have and to give a Hapjjy New Year. 

■ — Beattie 



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All for Christ 



By J. M. Bowman, Harrisonburg, Va. 



brighter world 
ended; we can 
sky without a 
night; and sea 
without a tear- 
splendor, and 
with the Lord. 



; our work here will be 
look upward, and see a 
cloud; a day without a 
without a wave; a world 
• — a heaven in majestic 
be caught up together 
—Hallelujah! 



"This poor widow cast in more than 
they all." She of her want did cast 
in all she had, even all her living." 
Luke 21:3; Mark 12:44. 

Giving all she had, means much to a 
Christian. It is a beautiful symbol. If 
all could see it, and live it, the church 
would be glorified. 
"All for Jesus, all for Jesus; 
All my being's ransomed powers; 
All my thoughts and all my doings. 
All my days and all my hours. 

Seven "alls" in this verse portray 
much in the Christian's life. If all pro- 
fessed Christians could see the fulness 
of Jesus manifested in this verse and 
possess it, the church would be in her 
glory which the "early church" had. 
The Holy Spirit would be the ruling 
power, the impelling force for her obed- 
ience of all the commandments; a com- 
pelling desire for soul saving, and the 
loving will power to give liberally of 
her means to the support of conse- 
crated missionaries who have given 
their all to call out a people from the 
world. All means much in giving — 
praying, love, and service. 

A church of Spirit-filled Christians 
IS God's great agency for soul saving. 
You may be deficient in talent, yet 
draw to Christ one who will become 
eminent in grace and service. Many 
are busy with church work, but how 
many are winning? A young girl gave 
all for Christ, attended revival services, 
was converted. Her parents were weal- 
thy, and opposed. She was driven from 
home, an only child. She walked out, 
and wrote the hymn, 
"Jesus I my cross have taken, 
All to leave and follow thee; 
Destitute, despised, forsaken, 
Thou, from hence, my all shalt be. 

This was her persecution. In the 
place where she was crucified, there 
was a garden of joy, roses of salva- 
tion, and a life service for her Savior. 
In Heb. 12:2, we read that "Jesus en- 
dured the shame of the cross for the 
joy that was set before Him." 

Many sing, "I surrender all," but do 
not mean it. "I'll go where you want 
me to go," would not do it if the call 
came. Two wealthy Christians touring 
the world when in Korea saw father 
and son plowing. No ox or horse. Boy 
pulling, the father guiding the plow. 
They had sold the ox to get money for 
missions. They gave all and were glad 
they had the ox to get money for the 
Lord. That is giving until it hurts, 
but they had the joy of giving for 
soul saving. How many today would 
be willing to sell their auto for money 



to help missionaries, and walk as 
Christ walked? "Faith of our fathers" 
cannot be sung with the Spirit and 
understanding without the full yielded 
life. Many missionaries gave their lives 
and all their means to go and call out 
a people for His name." 

A Christian was asked how he could 
give so much. He replied, "When I 
shovel out the Lord shovels in, and He 
has the largest shovel." A colored 
woman cast her mite into an offering 
where prizes were given. When leaving 
they said, "Wait for your prize." 
"Prize ? I'se givin' not gettin'." Some 
would prefer it to be the other way. 
No sacrifice. 

When the angel asked Abraham, 
"Where is Sara thy wife?" He did not 
say, "She is at the card party, or oys- 
ter supper." As one writer says, "When 
sinners feel that the church is yearning 
for them in love and compassion, she 
may bend them as the winds do a weep- 
ing willow; but when the church swoops 
down upon them with the smell of the 
kitchen, with invitation to come and 
dine at so much a saucer, then the 
world in nauseated and says to the 
church, "If this is the fruit and spirit 
of Christianity, then God save us from 
Christianity." We are saved according 
to our faith, and rewarded according 
to our works. 

A true child of God will carry power 
that will illuminate and convict. If we 
desire to witness a display of "God's 
power" we must get back to Apostolic 
simplicity. When God enters our lives 
with the fulness of the Holy Spirit, 
He will declare our destiny; lay on us 
our burdens; reveal unto us our mis- 
sion of service and humility; crown us 
with suffering and walk in Jesus' 
steps; then He will stand by us and 
say, "together you and I can." We can 
do all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth us. God will supply all 
our needs," according to His riches in 
glory by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:13-19). 

If we have Christ abiding in us, and 
we abide in Him, with the blessed Holy 
Spirit as our guide and Comforter, we 
can do much efficient service toward 
elevating the church to the standard 
that Jesus desires. Although we will 
endure much suffering, and that from 
within the church, the Lord will be 
with us, and bless us abundantly. 

Then our work here will be ended. 
Crowns of righteousness will be laid up 
for all who love and serve Him faith- 
fully. Robes without spot or wrinkle; 
our lives are hid with Christ in God 
(Col. 3:3). Our destiny will be a 



POWER IN THE CHURCH 

"It isn't the worn-out building. Sue, 
That hinders the Church today; 
The inconsistent things we do — 
It is these that block the way. 

It isn't the carpet's faded blue; 
And it isn't the leaning spire, 
Nor leaky roof, nor smoking flue 
That quenches the altar fire. 

Our building isn't so very old. 
Many parts are all brand new; 
Power must come from higher up — 
Can it come through me and you ? 

It's not the building. Sister Sue. 
Not the height of roof or tower; 
It's faith and prayer, in all we do, 
That gives the Church its power. 

— Luther H. Rice. 



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SHE FORGIVES THE CHURCH 

Mrs. Wallis Simpsoji, sweetheart of the- former 
King of England, has now let it be known that she 
forgives the Church of England for its attacks upon 
the former King Edward. She has authorized the 
International News Service to say in her behalf 
that she forgives all who have critized his royal 
highness because she believes that they do not know 
the man, and that if they did, they would have no 
reason to criticize him. She defends Edward against 
charges of irreligion and immorality flung at him 
by high ecclesiastics of the Church of England. She 
defends him from the charge that he lacks Christian 
virtues, and points to his desire to marry her at the 
cost of his throne as evidence of not only moral but 
religious virtue. 



the pearly gates. She probably thinks that Edward 
is such a good man that he ought to be consdiered 
very religious. It is peculiar that no matter how de- 
praved and guilty of definite sins a man may be 
according to God's holy Word, there wull always 
arise someone to defend him as a good man. Some- 
one should inform Mrs. Simpson that even if Ed- 
ward were considered a good and exemplary man of 
kindness and love by the entire world, that would 
not help the man one step toward heaven. It is still 
true, even in this advanced age of science and phil- 
osophy, that salvation is "not by works of righteous- 
ness which we have done, but according to his mer- 
cy." Any amount of religion which falls short of 
salvation is not worth much. "All our righteous- 
nesses are as filthy rags" (Isa. 64:6). 



THE CHURCH 

The Church of England probably needs to be for- 
given of many things, but it does not need any for- 
giveness from Mrs. Simpson. The church did right 
in saying that the conduct of the king in relation 
to Mrs. Simpson lacked the virtues which are neces- 
sary to form the moral basis of society and the sanc- 
tity of the home. If we were to criticize the church 
at all, we would only say the case was put too mild- 
ly. The Scripture tells us, "Whosoever shall put 
away his wife, and marry another, committeth adul- 
tery against her. 

And if a woman shall put away her husband, and 
be married to another, she committeth adultery" 
(Mk. 10:11-12). 

"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not in- 
herit the kingdom of God ? Be not deceived : neither 
fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effemi- 
nate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind nor 
thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers 
nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God" 
(I Cor. 6:9-10). 

MRS. SIMPSON'S RELIGION 

According to the theories of some of the modern- 
ists, she must have a considerable amount of spir- 
itual wisdom and discernment. She parades her high 
ideals when she states that "if religion can be con- 
sidered in terms of human kindness and love for 
his fellow men, and a desire to see the suffering of 
the poor and distressed relieved, Edward cannot 
justifiably be accused of being irreligious." In this 
Mrs. Simpson shows that she knows well the mod- 
ernistic viewpoint. Justified by his good deeds, she 
seems to think that the king qualifies as an intense- 
ly religious person and is ready for entrance into 



SPIRITUAL ATTAINMENT 

Apparently Mrs. Simpson likes to pose as having 
attained a very high state of spiritual vision when 
in humility (?), love (?). and the Christlike (?) 
spirit she states if the church leaders knew the man 
they would not criticize him. She forgives the church 
leaders for they know not what they say. This may 
sound to some people like the Spirit of Christ, but 



IN THIS NUMBER 



All for Christ — J. M. Bowman 2 

Editorials 3 

The Virgin Birth — Frank G. Coleman, Jr 5 

The Sign of His Coming — Ord Gehman 7 

Christian Endeavor Department 9 

Department of Christian Evidences 9 

Sunday School Department 10 

News from the Field 11 

The Voice of Jesus — His Call to Service — J. P. Kliever . . 13 

Bible Study — PhiliiJ — Lay Preacher 15 

The Voice of Jesus: 

His Commands — Rev. Robert Ashman 16 

His Promises — Mrs. Carl Mohler 18 

W. M. S. Worship Program for February 19 

Called of the Lord 20 

Medical Treatment for Leprosy 21 

Signal Lights Program for February 22 

W. M. S. Information 23-25 

Sisterhood and Fellowship— Mrs. F. B. Frank 26 

S. M. M. Senior Devotional Program for February 27 

That I May Know Him — Floyd Taber 28 

Camp Fire Along the Creek — Lyda Carter 29 

Tithing — Vivian Brown 30 

S. M. M. Junior Devotional Program for February 31 

The Life of Mary Slessor — Part III — Jacob Kliever 32 

What the Mission Home Means to Me — Mrs. Floyd Taber 33 
S. M. M. Information 33-36 



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we confess that it sounds to us like a counterfeit or 
the spirit of antichrist. 

UNBELIEVERS 

It is always so. The unbelievers, posing as possess- 
ing the Christlike spirit but going on in unbelief, 
often show that they are willing to forgive the man 
who stands for the Word of God because he believes 
something strongly enough to stand for it. A mod- 
ernist one time showed a very Christlike ( ?) spirit 
in offering to forgive the editor because we insisted 
on believing the truth about the deity of Christ and 
His virgin birth. The modernist was very kind and 
forgiving toward us, but still went on in his unbe- 
lief. Fortunately or unfortunately we did not have 
the authority to reciprocate and forgive him for 
his unbelief. The person who takes careful note will 
often find that many things which pose as being 
Christlike are not at all like the Christ of the Bi- 
ble. 

BRISBANE IS DEAD 

Arthur Brisbane was known as the greatest and 
most highly paid newspaper writer in the world. 
His words were read by millions daily. But he died, 
and that suddenly! Death takes the high and the 
low, the rich and the poor alike. Brisbane probably 
knew how to please all the people all of the time 
more than any other man in the world. Such is an 
art. That policy may produce a great newspaper 
man, but it would not make a great preacher. The 
greatest of all the preachers of the church said, 
"And I brethren, when I came unto you, came not 
with excellency of speech or of wisdom declaring 
unto you the testimony of God, for I am determined 
not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ 
and him crucified." Again he said. "If I pleased 
men, I should not be the servant of Christ." 

BRISBANE AND HEARST 

The death of Mr. Brisbane brings to a close a 
long and pleasant friendship between himself and 
Mr. Hearst, owner of many newspapers. Mr. Hearst 
has written a very touching tribute to Mr. Brisbane 
in which he states: 

"I grieve inconsolably that the long, long friend- 
ship, uninterrupted by a single quarrel or definite 
difference of any kind, is ended — that I will no long- 
er know his enjoyable and helpful companionship, 
and that the world in which I must spend my few 
remaining years will hold for me a blank space, 
which had been so unforgettably filled by my more 
than friend and more than brother, Arthur Bris- 
bane." 

THE HUMAN TOUCH 

He has a hard heart indeed who cannot be touched 
by this tribute of one worldly man concerning an- 



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other worldly man. "I grieve inconsolably." This 
is the best that men of the world can say. But the 
Christian who believes in the second coming of 
Christ and understands the great truth has some- 
thing far better. "But I would not have you to be 
ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are 
asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have 
no hope. For the Lord himself shall descend from 
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the afchangel, 
and with the trump of God : and the dead in Christ 
shall rise first : Then we which are alive and remain 
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, 
to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever 
be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another, 
with these words" (I Thess. 4:13, 16-18). 



Editorial Notes and News 



WE HAVE JUST LEARNED that Brother George Kinzi^ 
now pastor of the church at West Alexandria, Ohio is soon 
to leave to take over the pastorate of the churches at West 
Kittanning and Brush Valley in Pennsylvania. The pul- 
pits of these churches have been left vacant by the home- 
going of Brother D. A. C. Teeter. Brother Kinzie would 
doubtless appreciate the prayers of his many friends as he 
and his family make this change of pastorates. 

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of the National Home 
Mission Board met on December 28 and 29 at Ashland. We 
are glad that several of the members of the committee stopped 
in at the Brethren Publishing Company while they were in 
the city. 

THE EDITOR and family wish to acknowledge to our 
many friends across the country our sincere appreciation for 
the many Christmas greetings and kind words regarding 
the publications which were received at this season. Some- 
times we wonder how our literature is being received. We 
are just human enough to appreciate the information that 
the Brethren are pleased with our efforts to build a litera- 
ture which has the purpose of exalting the Lord. We wish 
we could respond personally to every kind wish and gi'eet- 
ing. However, it is very comforting to anticipate the time 
when we shall be gathered together in the presence of the 
Lord with all eternity to fellowship with Him and with each 
other and have time then to "talk it over." 

GETS NEW BIRTH— A headline in a popular religious 
magazine reads "Federal Council Gets New Birth Through 
Preaching Mission." This headline at once attracted our at- 
tention. We have thought for some time that the Federal 
Council needed something like this but we did not know that 
the Preaching Mission could supply the need. 

THE MODERATOR'S ADDRESS which appeared in last 
week's issue and printed under the name of Brother George 
E. Cone was delivered at the Mid-West conference by Broth- 
er J. G. Dodds. We regret that this misrepresentation has 
occurred, but since the name of Brother Cone was the only 
name on the manuscript it was supposed that it was his ad- 
diess. We have no way of knowing the author of an ad- 
dress when it is sent in with other material unless the proper ■ 
name appears with the manuscript. Writers should be cau- 
tiou.s to place name on all written material. Also while we 
are speaking of manuscripts, let us state that all material 
should be typewritten and double spaced. Otherwise there is 
delay and a greater possibility of error. 



JantMi-y 9, 1937 



THE 
VIRGIN BIRTH 

(Second in a series) 



Those skeptics who state that the virgin birth of 
Christ is not essential to Christian doctrine would 
meet a death blow to their theory in this article. If 
Christ was not virgin born, we have no sinless 
Savior. 

By Frank G. Coleman, Jr., Pastor, Brethren Church, 
AUentown, Pa. 



If begotten by a human father, Jesus Christ was 
bom of a woman stained with unchastity. His, then, 
was an unknown father. His was an unmarried moth- 
er. The bar sinister was His only birthright. If be- 
gotten by a human father. He was a natural person, 
not God. If not God, then He had no right to forgive 
sin. He had no right to make Himself the object of 
faith. He was either a deceiver or deceived. He was 
either a mental weakling or a moral degenerate. If 
His was a natural father, then he was not the sec- 
ond person of the Trinity. And without God the Son 
there is no Trinity, no triune God. If begotten by a 
natural father, he inherited a sinful nature, there 
was sin in Him. He was under the penalty of sin 
and could be neither a substitute nor a sacrifice for 
sin — if begotten by a human father. 

It would seem that a peculiar necessity is laid 
upon God the Son to be virgin born if He would en- 
ter into human affairs as the Savior of mankind. In- 
deed, the atonement of Christ is rooted and grounded 
in His virgin birth. It is because Jesus Christ is 
God's Son that His blood possesses infinite worth in 
cleansing from all sin. But more than that, the val- 
idity of His atonement rests on His having a rela- 
tionship of nature to those for whom His atone- 
ment was made. This relationship could become His 
only when He became the Son of Man through the 
virgin birth. The Redeemer, as of old, must needs 
be a kinsman, a brother. Without this the moral gov- 
ernment of God could not be vindicated, nor could his 
glory as divine Lawgiver be maintained, nor the 
principles of law be upheld. The law in its precept 
was suited to man, and in its course it had a claim 
upon man.. Its requirements were such as man only 
could fulfill; its penalty such as 
one possessing the nature of man 
only could bear. The penalty was 
suffering even unto death ; and 
no angel, no one who had not a 
human body as well as a soul, 
could die. The death only of a 
man could possess a moral and 
legal congruity to the curse of a 
law given to man and broken by 
man. It was not merely to quali- 
fy him for suffering that the Son 
took upon him the nature of man 




Christ is more tlian water. He is "living 
water." He is not of the earth earthy, but 
He is from heaven. The virgin birth is 
one of the many ways in which Jesus 
Christ is above the ways of this earth. 



through His virgin birth, but to qualify Him for 
such suffering as should possess validity in the eye 
of divine law. "For both He that sanctifieth and they 
that are sanctified are all of one." "Therefore in 
all things it behooved him to be made like unto his 
brethren, that he might make reconciliation for the 
sins of the people." "Since by man came death, by 
man came also the resurrection of the dead." Tlie 
serpent's head could be bruised only by the seed of 
the woman. 

But God could not become man by taking a body 
generated by human parents. Such a union of God's 
person with a human person would result in a mon- 
strosity, a double personality. The father and the 
mother of a child are distinct persons, they each 
give something of their own peculiar nature to their 
child and the result is a new personality with one 
consciousness and one will. Only the fatherhood of 
God and the motherhood of the virgin could produce 
a single personality, with a single consciousness and 
a single will in Jesus. In this way alone could God be- 
come man, retaining his divine nature while acquir- 
ing human nature untainted by sin inherited. 

The virgin birth of Christ was necessary that the 
Savior be free from all personal obligation to suffer. 
By virtue of His spotless innocence Jesus was com- 
pletely free from all manner of legal obligation to 
suffer arising from Himself. Legal obligation to the 
curse may arise from one or both of two things: 
either from being born under the curse, that is to 
say, from original sin ; or from becoming exposed to 
the penalty in consequence of a personal breach of 
its requirements by actual transgression. Infants of 
the human family are under it in the former way; 
adults in both. But Jesus was free 
from the latter because of His 
spotless life. He escaped the form- 
er through His virgin birth. There 
can be nothing more unequivocal 
than the language of the angel, 
when, making known His mirac- 
ulous birth, he calls him "that 
holy thing." This refers to what 
was conceived and born of Mary; 
not "fallen and sinful flesh," but a 
"holy thing," essentially and nat- 
urally holy from the first mo- 



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INCOME TAX 

I crumpled my paper and nibbled my pen, 
Ami miUtered of figures, ten thousand and ten. 
And so much exemption, and so much to pmj, 
I'd been at it wearili/ all through the day. 

Till my head dropped so low that I fell fast asleep, 
And dreamed of the ledgers the angels must keep. 
Income, — sweet airs and the sky and the sun, 
The freshness of morynng when day is begun; 

The peace of a garden, the coolness of trees, 
Tlie magic of books, and sioeeter than these, 
Good comrades and friends and the warm things of 

earth. 
My loved 07ies to share the bright blaze on my 

hearth. 

But greatest and richest, the gift of God's graoz. 
My sins all forgiven, the light of His face 
To shine on my path as He walks by my side. 

His staff for my comfort. His Word for my guide. 

Then I lift up the eyes of my faith, and I see 
The mansion my Lo-rd is preparing for me! 
.All tliis for my income. The tax? H is FREE, 
But in gratitude, Lord, I give ALL unto Thee. 

— Martha Snell Nicliolson 



ment of existence. Thus Christ is different from all 
others. 

By being born of a virgin, being in a peculiar sense 
the seed of the woman, the human nature of Christ 
escaped all connection with the Adamic covenant. 
He was at once connected with the race of man that 
His atonement might be effectual, yet free from 
the contamination that was the heritage of Adam's 
natural descendants. 

It was further necessary to the validity of Christ's 
atonement that he should be entirely at His own 
disposal. It is not enough that the substitute, being 
innocent, is free from the claims of the law to which 
he gives satisfaction for others. He may be under ob- 
ligations to another law, the fulfillment of whose 
demands may render it impossible for him to become 
surety for others. This is the case with all creatures. 
Whatever service they are capable of performing, 
they owe originally to God. They are, from their 
very nature as creatures, incapable of meriting any- 
thing for themselves, much less for others. The 
right of self-disposal does not belong to creatures. 

But the Son of God was not a creature. His hu- 
manity alone was created, and that by Himself 
through His membership in the God-head. The hu- 
manity of the Son of God was perfectly at His own 
disposal, generated as it was through His own power 
by the virgin birth. Whatever He might choose to 
do or suffer in that humanity of His own free will 
was what no existing law had a previous right to. 



He was not only innocent, but free to dispose of 
Himself as might seem fit to Him. 

The virgin birth is necessary to maintain that di- 
vine balance so noticeable in God's great plan of 
redemption. Sin came alone by woman without the 
aid of man. The Savior must needs come by woman 
alone without the aid of man. Only two men were 
ever in this world whose birth was witliout the aid 
of a human father: Adam, who passed on to his 
descendants a heritage of innate depravity, and Je- 
sus Christ, who rescues man from the guilt of his 
sin. Only two men ever came into this world by the 
direct agency of the Holy Spirit; Adam, into whose 
nostrils God breathed the breath of life, and Jesus 
Christ, born of a virgin overshadowed by the power 
of the Most High. 

If anybody were to ask me, "Do you believe in the 
virgin birth of Christ?" I would answer, "I do." But 
if he were to ask me, "Do you believe that Jesus is 
God and Savior because He was born of a virgin?" 
I would answer, "No!" I do not believe in the divine 
character of Christ because He was born of a vir- 
gin. There would be no guarantee of His saving grace 
in that fact alone. Birth of a virgin mother would 
be in itself no warrant or witness to the divine ful- 
ness of life coming into human flesh. I believe in the 
divine nature of Christ upon other grounds. His 
sinlessness, His triumphant overcoming of every 
temptation, so that His entire moral life coincides 
with a flawless standard of perfection in human life 
— here is my ground of belief. I believe that Jesus 
Christ is the complete revelation of God in human 
life because of the moral and spiritual beauty He 
displayed in His life through what He said and did. 
I believe that He is God because of the power that 
is His to save from sin. But because I recognize 
that He is God and find in Him a realization of all 
His claims, I find it congruous, appropriate, logical, 
to expect that He would come into the world, and go 
out of the world uniquely different from the way 
of a mere man. I am not at all surprised to discover 
in the same Gospel with the story of His ministry, 
the story of His virgin birth, the story of His bod- 
ily resurrection, and the story of His ascension into 
Heaven. Tliey all hold together. They are not to be 
separated. 

The atonement of Christ is bound up in the virgin 
birth. The miracle of the atonement and that of the 
resurrection are the miracles of the redemptive acts 
and works of Christ; but this is the miracle of His 
person — His virgin birth. What He did, the value 
and importance of it, depends altogether upon who 
He was. If men. deny the supernatural birth of 
Christ, that denial casts a shadow on His person. 
His being, and that in turn reduces the value to 
them of what He did. Can man believe in Christ as 
Lord and Savior and at the same time reject the 
virgin birth? 




THE SIGN OF HIS COMING 

By Old Gehman, Pastor, Vinco Brethren Church, 
Vinco, Pa, 




There are countless signs abroad today which 
serve as harbingers of what is ahead. Tliese are 
most interesting and helpful to the student of the 
prophetic Word. Every periodical or other media of 
news brings new revelations of the perilous, yet 
wonderful times in which we are permitted to live. 
There is an ominous trend in every day events which 
indicates that the time of His return is at hand. Je- 
sus taught His disciples with these words: "But 
when these things begin to come to pass, look up, 
and lift up your heads; because your redemption 
draweth nigh" (Luke 21:28). 

But the world objects, wars, pestilences, earth- 
quakes, famines, and the like have always taken 
place. That is true, but there is one sign which we 
are permitted to witness today which did not obtain 
a few decades ago. I verily beheve that the sign in 
the world today is the Jew. Christ said, "Behold the 
fig tree (Israel) and all the trees." He is calling es- 
pecial attention to Israel. And a little later in the 
same passage He states that "this generation (race) 
shall not pass away until all these things be accom- 
plished." Immediately we have the answer to the re- 
markable preservation of Israel as a distinct racial 
group in the world's population. So keep your eye 
on the Jew if you are interested in keeping in touch 
with the trend of the times in which we are living. 

And what has been happening and is happening in 
Jewry? Centuries ago the prophet Ezekiel wrote 
words like these — "Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: 
Behold I will open up your graves, and cause you to 
come up out of your graves, O My people; and I 
will bring you into the Land of Israel" (Ezek. 37: 
12) . Israel has been scattered these many centuries. 
She has been torn and tossed to the four winds. God 
said — "I will bring you into the Land of Israel." But 
how? 

In 1897 the Zionist movement arose. Its purpose 
was to place the proverbial "wandering Jew" back in 
Palestine. But the movement lacked impetus. There 
seemed to be no vital force back of it. Then came the 
World War. It settled nothing except that Pal- 
estine was opened as a home for the Jews. Yet the 
vast majority of them were not interested in the 
least about Palestine. Orthodox Jews have always 
longed to go back to the land of their fathers, but 
the orthodox wing of Jewry is far in the minority. 



Thus there was no real interest in the movement. 

But a few years ago something else happened. 
"I wiU place you in your own land" (Ezek. 37:14). 
A poisonous wave of anti-Semitism broke forth upon 
the world. It is true that there have always been 
Jew-haters; but there has never been such organ- 
ized and almost universal Jew-hatred as we have 
witnessed in the last decade. Almost all the major 
nations of the world have tolerated or even encour- 
aged anti-Semitism. A few years ago we were 
shocked by Russian astrocites. About four years 
ago we were dazed by the outbreak of anti-Semitism 
in Germany. And recently a new wave of anti-Semi- 
tism has swept over Germany which eclipses in some 
respects the former. 

And what of our own beloved America? Can it 
be true that we are guilty of like strides in barbar- 
ism? Let us notice the situation briefly. 

It was the privilege of the writer to spend some 
months in the investigaton of this problem in con- 
nection with the fulfillment of the Thesis require- 
ment for Seminary graduation. It proved an inter- 
esting endeavor as well as a beneficial one. In this 
connection a questionaire was sent to some leading 
Jews in this country. Let us notice briefly some of 
the findings. 

One of the most interesting aspects of the Amer- 




To the casual observer, the trees in winter seem to have 
no life, but in the springtime there will be a great change 
and life will show itself. Likewise to the casual observer the 
Jewish nation has been practically dead for centuries, but it 
seems to be springtime for the Jewish nation today. New 
life, the opening of Palestine, and the happenings with the 
Jews in general are most significant to him who studies 
God's Word. 



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ican Jewish situation is that in connection with 
Zionism. Before the financial crash of 1929 and 
1930, Jews were pouring thousands of dollars into 
Palestine, as a philanthropic enterprise. These were 
mostly Orthodox Jews who were interested in Pales- 
tine as a home for the Jew. But Zionism was not 
favorably I'eceived among American Jews in gen- 
eral. The financial crisis resulted in greatly curtailed 
gifts to Palestine. But the more recent Nazi persecu- 
tions of the Jews resulted in accelerated gifts for 
the colonization of Palestine. By the early months 
of 1935 approximately one half million dollars 
flowed into Palestine. So much for the Orthodox Jew. 
He has always longed to return to the homeland of 
his fathers. He considers himself an exile from home 
wherever he may be. It is to be remembered that 
the orthodox wing of Jewry is far in the minority. 
But what about the Reformed Jews ? 

The Reformed Jews have had practically no inter- 
est in Zionism or even sympathy for the movement 
at all until very recently. They are still not inter- 
ested in Palestine as a home for themselves, but 
more as a philanthropic and business adventure. Thus 
in recent months they have sent thousands of dol- 
lars to Palestine to assist the program of reclama- 
tion. And everyone who is in the least acquainted 
with the situation in Palestine is aware of the mar- 
velous changes which are taking place. Many of the 
Reformed Jews are becoming thorough-going Zion- 
ists! It is also interesting to note that the Jews are 
to go back to Palestine in unbelief. 

It is the firm conviction of the writer that many 
Jews in this country today are fearful of what may 
take place. One rabbi to whom a questionaire was 
sent hastily concluded anti-Semitism and proceeded 
to "enlighten" me with some adroit misrepresenta- 
tions. As a result of suspecting anti-Semetism he 
misinterpreted the whole tenor and intent of the 
questionaire. At the same time, he inadvertently 
arrayed me with some very valuable information! 

The Jews must go back to Palestine and be there 
for the end-time events, according to the Prophets 
-nd New Testament prophecy. This does not mean 
that they must all be there. While this article was in 
the process of preparation an article came to my 
desk which reveals the fact that there are 350,000 
Jews in the Holy Land today. God says — "I will 
bring you into the Land of Israel." And that Land 
is Palestine. How is this to be done when the United 
States, generally speaking, is favorable to the Jews 
and they are not in any especial hurry to go to 
Palestine? Let us see. 

Forces of anti-Semitism are working swiftly and 
with considerable success today in many parts of 
America. Not so many months ago a leaflet was cir- 
culated widely in many sections of America which 
was entitled — "Public Enemy No. 1 — The Jew 
— and How to meet the Issue." The tract calls upon 



every Gentile to help break the alleged Jewish at- 
tempt to control the whole world in the coming year. 
And yet, the Jews comprise only three-fourths of 
one per cent of the world's population today! It 
might be possible for such a small group to enslave 
the entire world if there was any unity within the 
group. But that is not the case. There never was a 
time when Jewry was so torn asunder and diversi- 
fied in opinions as it is right now. There is only one 
factor which binds Jewry today, and that is the 
fact of a common ancestry. But if the work of anti- 
Semitists continues and gains in impetus anything 
can happen. 

A very pathetic picture presents itself in this con- 
nection. Many ministers of the organized Christian 
church today are aiding this tendency toward anti- 
Semitism. The duty of the church today is "to the 
Jew first" (Rom. 1:16). I sometimes wonder if the 
Brethren Church has not missed a great opportun- 
ity of blessing because we as a denomination have 
practically failed in this respect. The very least we 
can do is to stand firmly against this tendency to- 
ward anti-Semitism within our own nation. 

Recently a converted Jew made the statement 
that he believed God would permit the Jews to be 
driven out of this country if they did not return to 
Palestine by their own initiative. I believe he is 
right. God sad — "I will bring you into the land." 
Perhaps we will of necessity witness a severe wave 
of anti-Semitism within our borders so that Jewish 
interest in Palestine will be aroused. We do not 
favor such a move! But if they do not realize their 
own responsibility it may be necessary for God to 
permit anti-Semitism here. It is our solemn duty to 
preach them the gospel and persuade them of the 
reality of the Christ. 

In view of these end-time facts and this sign it 
behooves us as the members of the body of Clirist 
to be ready when He calls, for that call may ring 
forth at any moment (I Thess. 4:16-17). God works 
in marvelous ways His wonders to perform. Mys- 
teriously He works to reveal Himself to His own. 

i UNCOMFORTABLE PREACHING | 

X The most helpful sermon is not the one % 

X which makes up our mind for us but the % 

T one which wakes up our mind for us. Let us f 

% give thanks unto God for the preacher who is *i[» 

X courageous enough to tell us what our mis- % 

% takes are ; for the sermon that makes us un- % 

|t comfortable because of our spiritual failures ; J; 

% for the preaching that reveals to us how 4 

% great our need is. The first necessity of re- f 

% demption. is the realization of need. Stagna- jj 

^ t:on follows close on the heels of comfortable 4 

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MISS MILDRED FURRY, News Editor 
626 Somerset St., Johnstown, Pa. 



REV. L. E. LINDOWER, 
120 N. Bronson St., 



C. E. Topic Editor 
Warsaw, Ind. 



Topic for January 24 

CHRIST AND THE OLD 

TESTAMENT 

Scripture, Mark 7:1-13 
Topics for Sub-Leaders 

1. Christ bore witness to the Law. 
Matt. 8:4; 22:29-32; John 3:14. 

2. He spoke of the Prophets and the 
Psalms. Matt. 12:39-41; 22:41-44; Mark 
7:6. 

3. He declared them to be the Word 
of God. Mark 7:10 compared with Matt. 
15:4; 22:43. 

4. He bore witness to their Messianic 
character. John 5:39; Luke 24:27, 44. 

5. He taught the power and authority 
of the Old Testament. Matt. 5:18; Luke 
16:17. 

Order of Service 

1. Songs, "More About Jesus," and 
"Praise Him, Praise Him." 

2. Scripture reading, Mark 7:1-13. 

3. Prayer (ask today that God may 
illumine our understanding by the 
Holy Spirit to see Christ as One Who 
existed from eternity). 

4. Song, "Blessed Assurance." 

5. "Search the Scriptures." 

7. Leader's talk. 

6. Special music. 

8. Talks on sub-topics. 

9. Discussion of Hard Points. 

10. Song, "My Jesus, I Love Thee." 

"Search the Scriptures" 

11. Closing Silent Circle of Prayer. 
(Suggestion to the leader: Since we 

have begun this five-year course of 
Bible study in the middle, and since 
the study for last year would have 
been Bible Doctrines, we are inserting 
some of the doctrinal study along with 
the present outlines, wherever it fits. 
Therefore, under this topic we have the 
opportunity of learning something 
about the great subject of Christ's ap- 
pearances in the Old Testament. These 
are called "Theophanes." Our knowl- 
edge of these will help us to under- 
stand more clearly Christ's attitude to- 
ward the Old Testament Scriptures. In 
fact, since Christ is the "expression" 
of God to man — that is the meaning of 
"The Word" in John, chapter one — we 
believe that the Old Testament Scrip- 
tures are the Word of Christ, inspired 
by the Holy Spirit, through the writ- 
ers). 

1. Abraham and Christ. Gen. 18:1-3, 
13, 27; John 8:56-58. 

2. Jacob and Christ. Gen. 32:24-28. 

3. Moses and Christ. Ex. 3:1-14, com- 
pare John 8:58. 

4. Joshua and Christ. Josh. 5:13-15. 



5. Christ, the Angel of the Lord. 
("Angel" means "messenger") Gen. 
21:17; Ex. 23:20-23, 32:34; Num. 22: 
22-35; Judges 13:3; Isa. 63:9. (Angels 
are beings created by God. Do not con- 
fuse these with "The Angel." Christ 
was not created, but eternal. This title 
is applied to Him because He is the 
"Messenger" of God to men). 
Hard Points Explained 
(See also above notes) 

It is easy to see that Jesus, in His 
words to His disciples, gave the im- 
pression that He believed the Old Test- 
ament was the Word of God. But there 
are some today who say that it is 
just the imperfect word of man. Who is 
right ? Suppose it is not the Word of 
God, then what are we to think of 
Jesus' testimony? Did He know that it 
was not the Word of God, but feared 
to change their mistaken ideas about 
it? He did not fear to change their 



ideas about the traditions which were 
wrong. If this was the case, He de- 
ceived them, and we cannot serve a de- 
ceiver as a Master. But suppose He 
thought it was the Word of God and 
was mistaken? If this was the case 
He could not have been the Son of 
God. But He was the Son of God, He 
was no deceiver. He is our Lord and 
Master, and His testimony means more 
to us than that of any other person. 
Let us not be ashamed to believe what 
He believed. 

Since it was the plan of God since 
before the foundation of the world to 
reveal Christ to us as He did in the 
New Testament, we expect Him to be 
pleased to foreshadow Him in many 
ways throughout the Old Testament, 
thus, besides the Old Testament ap- 
pearances, we find Him pictured in 
types, such as the sacrifices and of- 
ferings; in material symbols, such as 
the tabernacle and its equipment; and 
in many prophetic pictures. But this 
would be a study in itself for which 
there is no time under this topic. 
Practical Points 

It is hoped that the notes on this 
topic will arouse more interest in the 
reading and study of the Old Testa- 
ment. Check up on your reading and 
knowledge of the Old Testament and 
seek to know the whole Word. 

(Topics prepared and copyrighted by 
Christian Publications, Inc.) 




Department o\ 
Christian Evidences 

Conducted by E. R. Black 



THE ATMOSPHERIC 
HEAVENS 

1. "Made" by God on the second day 
of the six, (Gen. 1:6-8; lEx. 20:11); 
first named "firmament", then "heav- 
nes"; the 1st heaven; distinguished 
from the second, or stellar heavens; and 
from the "third heavens," where God 
dwells; the most frequently named 
"heavens" in Scripture. 

2. Essential to all life on the earth. 
Most forgotten; least known. An ocean 
of air, greater than the ocean of waters 
... "a complex structure, a wonderful 
piece of mechanism, furnishing the 
whole fabric of organic life, and per- 
petually renewed." 

God's unseen factories in the skies 
bear the strongest testimony to His 
creative and preserving ministry in sus- 
taining all life: 

(a) Oxygen, 21% of the atmosphere, 
supports life through respiration; but 
must be diluted; pure oxygen would 
kill. 

(b) Nitrogen, 78% of the atmos- 
phere, dilutes the oxygen. Is essential 
to plant life; but plants cannot get 
nitrogen unless it is diluted in the form 



of ammonia, NHS. Amonia is made in 
the air, just one-millionth part of the 
air. Rain must bring the ammonia to 
the plants. Clouds, dust, electricity, 
work in the heavenly factory. While 
ammonia is life to plants, it is death 
to animals. 

(c) Carbon, combined with oxygen, 
C02, carbonic acid, is life to animals 
but death to plants; but plants absorb 
Carbon from the C02. 

(d) Hydrogen is an absolute essential 
to all living organisms. Hydrogen is 
the lightest, most inflammable, has the 
most rapid molecular motion and is the 
least in quantity of these 4 gasses in 
the atmosphere. It is so dangerous, yet 
so essential, that its lightness and 
swiftness permits it to escape from the 
earth when it is not needed, a divine 
provision. 

3. "Weighed" (Job 28:25). Galileo 
made the discovery of the weight of 
the atmosphere in 1643; it is about 15 
pounds to the square inch, amounting 
to several tons upon a man's body; es- 
timated at 5 trillion million tons upon 
the whole earth. Just proper for all 
life. 

4. Clouds. Job 26:8, 36:29, 37:16 state 



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scientific truths regarding the necessity 
and value of the clouds. 

5. Winds. Psa. 135:7; Prov. 30:4; 
Amos 4:13 positively make God the 
Cause and Master of winds. The mir- 
acles of the Lord Jesus Christ confirm 
this. Science understands just how "The 
light scattereth the east wind upon the 
earth", (Job 28:34); this is done at the 
equator; the sun and the ocean are the 
agents used in this wonder of meteor- 
ology. 

6. Temperature. "Our atmosphere is 
the only temperate zone of our solar 
system." "Our atmosphere has the pe- 
culiar quality of allowing the sun's rays 
to pass freely through to the earth; but 
reverses this in preventing the escape 
of heat; it opens the doors to light, but 
closes them to heat, else we should 
freeze to death, even in the tropics." 

7. "The highest part of the dust of 
the earth," (Prov. 8:26), is declared to 
be a divine provision. Only in very re- 
cent days have men discovered the val- 
ue and purpose of this dust in the high- 
er atmosphere. Deserts and volcanoes 
are God's agents here. Here are some 
of these values: 

(a) Clouds fonn around these cold 
dust particles; they collect moisture. 

(b) They are of such density as to 
"balance the clouds," otherwise there 
would be perpetual fog. 

(c) They contain gases that are re- 
leased by lightning and rain and bring 
food for plants. 

(d) They give proper density to the 
atmosphere and are essential in pre- 
serving heat on the earth. Because the 
dust particles are smaller, at the height 
of 18,000 feet the density is just V2 
what it is on earth. 

(e) They make blue skies by reflect- 
ing only the short wave lengths of the 
blue end of the spectrum. Without this 
dust, the skies would be black. 

(f) By refraction and reflection they 
make gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. 

(g) They reflect and diffuse light 
upon the earth, not the blue of the 
skies. Close to the earth; these par- 
ticles reflect all the rays and not one 
color only. 

(h) They cause trees to grow per- 
pendicularly; not laterally, S. E. and 
S. W. 

(i) They retard evaporation, other- 
wise the earth would become desert. 

8. Electricity in the atmosphere pro- 
duces ammonia, by releasing hydrogen 
and nitrogen; this is the main source of 
all the proteids of plants; and these in 
turn are the foundation of animal life. 
This most dangerous element in our 
atmosphere is divinely provided, in very 
limited amount, and divinely controlled. 
(Jer. 10:13; 51:16). Only "God maketh 
a Way for the Lightning." 
(To be continued) 



READ THIS AND THINK 

Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars Worth of Gold-leaf Decorations'. 



This is not in an office building, nor 
is it on a civic or state building. Fur- 
thermore this is what was spent on 
one room alone. This is how a so-called 
famous movie queen is spending her 
money on a home she is building in 
Hollywood. The information is not hear- 
say but authentic. Yet all this luxury 
will bring her no happiness in the 
home. It will bring no contentment to 
the heart, and with it all she may be a 
spiritual pauper. As we were told these 
things we could not help wonder in- 
wardly what would this same woman 
give if she were asked to help the poor 
or help in some Church Building Pro- 
gram. Perhaps she would surprise us, 
but we doubt it. Undoubtedly most 
everyone reading this will disapprove 
such spending of money when there 
are such dire needs everywhere. But 
why criticize the woman? In order to 
be strictly fair and just in our judg- 
ment must we not delve deeper into 



the case and asked, "Where does she 
get her money from?" Is it not true, as 
a whole, she is largely supported by 
wage earners and it is these who in 
reality are paying for these things. Yet 
It is hard for men and women to see 
this. On the other hand have you ever 
noticed how quickly people will con- 
demn a Church for spending a few 
thousand dollars for a place to wor- 
ship. Frequently every cent given to 
the Church or for the cause of Christ 
is begrudged. Quickly people will re- 
mark. I don't think it is right to spend 
money just to put up a C!hurch when 
there is such a need everywhere. Well 
enough said. You judge which is the 
best putting it in gold-leaf decorations 
in a movie star's home or putting your 
money to a cause which is eternal and 
which will help men and women find 
deliverance from sin and bring them 
peace and rest of soul. — J. G. L. 



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Goshgn, InH. 



Maurertown, Va 



NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 

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TITHING 

If God gets His, and I get mine 
Then everything will be just fine. 
But if I get mine, and keep His too 
What do you think God will do ? 
I believe He will collect! 



THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND THE 
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER 

(First in Series) 
By J. Ray Klingensmith 

According to First Corinthians the 
12th chapter, and Romans the 12th 
chapter, the Holy Spirit has given var- 
ious gifts, wisely and carefully, to var- 
ious members of the great church of 
Jesus Christ. Beginning with the 4th 
verse of 1st Corinthians 12 we read: 

"Now there are diversities of gifts, 
but the same spirit. .. .but the mani- 
festation of the Spirit is given to a 
man to profit withal; 

For to one is given by the Spirit the 
word of wisdom, to another the word 
of knowledge by the same spirit. . . . 
(11) dividing to every man severally 
as he will." 

Now it is also a fact that this great 
Spirit of God divides his gifts accord- 
ing to the need of the church. Let me 
prove this. In the apostolic church 
there was no such thing as the Sun- 
day School, and no such gifted person 
as the Sunday School teacher. Why? 
Because they weren't needed then to 
do the work that the present Sunday 
School was founded to do. The follow- 
ing paper is an attempt to point out 
the crying need of God-called Sunday 
School teachers, in the light of the 
changing circumstances of the centur- 
ies. 

1. In tlie first place let me point out 



the importance of the teaching min- 
istry. 

In the great commission (Mat. 28: 
19), "teaching" is mentioned twice. 
Teach, teacher, and teaching, are men- 
tioned about 175 times in God's Word. , 
The entire ministry of Jesus consisted i 
of preaching, teaching and healing ; 
(Mat. 4:23). The Jewish rabbis of the 
Old Testament were not preachers, but ! 
they were teachers. It was emphati- 
cally enjoined upon Jewish parents in 
Old' Testament times to teach their- 
children the things of their national 1 
history as well as things pertaining to 
their faith. The rabbis were held in 
very high regard, almost with more re- 
gard than the parents of the children, 
because they were the teachers. Sixty 
out of the ninety times Christ was ad- 
dressed He was called "Rabbi"-teacher. 
One of the great requirements for ai 
minister was that he be "apt to teach" 
(I Tim. 3:2). It can hardly be denied! 
that the early church was a "teach- 
ing" church — "And they continued! 
steadfastly in the apostle's 'doctrine'' 
or teaching. Martin Luther once said! 
that a clergyman was not fit to preach 1 
if he could not teach. 

But today, in spite of the required! 
foundation for the work of the Lord 
in other days, we find the teaching 
ministry vanishing. Much of our pulpit 
work is designed with the intention of 
"making a hit" with the audience, or 
to serve somewhat as a "pep-talk" 



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does in the high school or college be- 
fore the football game. It arouses 
everyone to some kind of action; but 
they do not know just what kind of 
action to follow. And it is seldom ac- 
tivity in definitely spiritual things to 
which they find themselves stimulated, 
but something else that is "just as im- 
portant." Thus with the passing of a 
teaching ministry we find ourselves 
confronted with the problem of getting 
the children taught. If the pulpit re- 
fuses to teach, somebody else must. 
This is the first great reason that we 
need Sunday School teachers today. 

II. The second great change in our 
modem world which demands a re- 
placement is the passing of the teach- 
ng parent. 

Many Protestant denominations ex- 
cuse their pastor from his teaching 
functions on the grounds that teaching 
is done in the home. None of us would 
care to underrate the home as a field 
for Christian education, for in fact the 
home is the world's greatest university 
and school house. But apparently in 
this university, or school house (the 
home) they have changed the curricu- 
lum. And what is more tragic, these 
American homes, like the old fash- 
ioned country school, are vanishing. We 
face the passing of the American home. 

Less than a hundred years ago, the 
home was the industrial center. Much 
of the work that is now done in fac- 
tories was done in the home. Today, 
nearly all members of the home must 
seek employment in some industrial 
center in the crowded city, and for that 
reason the home has largely lost its 
attraction and "hominess." Once the 
home furnished amusement, recreation, 
employment for all, and insti-uction. It 
has been robbed of all these, now. Or- 
ganizations, institutions, and dazzling 
amusement places have relieved the 
home of this opportunity. They all 
beckon for old and young to come away 
from home for the evening. Movies, 
lodges, clubs, dances, parties, etc., call 
loudly today. In fact, these have be- 
come so important in the life of Amer- 
ican people that a noted American 
scientist declares that the most im- 
portant hour of the day is seven o'- 
clock in the evening, because it deter- 
mines how one shall spend the even- 
ing, and where. It determines whether 
the evening shall contribute to our up- 
building or detriment. 

With this loss of concentration in the 
home life, the family altar has tum- 
bled down, and a diisty Bible is left to 
mourn its own neglect. Once the home, 
inspired by the church, was the center 
of religious life. It is no longer that. 
Many folks today are disposed to 
blame the present home altogether for 
this alarming change. But we must 
remember that the parents of today 
were the children of yesterday; and 
what is more challenging to us now is 
that the children of today will be the 
parents of tomorrow. 

(Continued next week) 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




THE EVANGELISTIC EFFORT 
AT STERLING, OHIO 

On November 29th we closed a three 
weeks evangelistic meeting in the Sterl- 
ing Brethren Church with Editor Chas. 
W. Mayes as the evangelist. At the 
writing of this letter to Evangelist 
readers, we are now three weeks away 
from the close of these meetings and 
can report that the results are still 
coming in. 

The Lord blessed us wonderfully 
through the ministry of Brother Mayes. 
His simple presentation of the truths 
of the Bible night after night had its 
effect in bringing a number to a knowl- 
edge of our Lord, and building us all 
up in the faith and a knowledge of His 
blessed Word. 

The music was in charge of Jake 
Kliever. The people greatly appreciated 
his work, and his effort in making the 
music effective. A Bible reading cam- 
paign was also conducted in which over 
2,000 chapters were reported as read. 

There were seven decisions during the 
time of the meeting and five have come 
since the meetings closed. Of those 
who made decisions, seven have been 
baptized and added to the church. Most 
of those who came were making their 
first decision for the Lord. 

The meetings had a definite effect 
on the church as a whole. Since that 
time, there has been an increased inter- 
est in a study of the Bible, in giving 
forth testimony, in the giving of gifts 
to the Lord, and in leading a closer 
walk with the Lord. 

It was felt by some that the cost in 
money to cover the expense of the 
meeting, might hinder our home 
mission offering. We found that the 
contrary was true — it was a very good 
investment for the home mission of- 
fering. We took our home mission of- 
fering Sunday, December 20th, and 

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there was more than a 30% increase 
over last year. Last year we gave ap- 
proximately $115 for home missions, 
and the total at the close of the services 
December 20th this year was $170.21. 
We feel that more will come in later. 

Since coming back to take over the 
work in September, we have added 
thirteen members to the church roll and 
granted two letters; this gives us but 
a total of 80 members. The church is 
small, but the Lord has richly blessed 
her in many ways, and we feel that He 
has many more blessings awaiting us. 
In His grace, 

ALBERT L. FLORY 



NEWS FROM SUNNYSIDE 

It has been quite a while since these 
columns have had any news in them 
of the Sunnyside Church. Perhaps our 
carelessness and neglect in not writing 
sooner is because there has been no 
startling nor out of the ordinary news 
to write. One of the outstanding events 
in our activities this year was the 
conference held in July. A two week's 
Bible Conference under the auspices of 
the Laymen's Evangelistic Association 
was held in our church. The Northwest 
District Conference was held during 
this Bible Conference. The inspiring Bi- 
ble messages of the Bible Conference 
each afternoon and evening made a fine 
combination with our morning business 
sessions. 

From Nov. 8-22 we experienced a 
time of spiritual refreshing under the 
able ministry of Dr. Harvey Farmer of 
Philadelphia. He is a director of the 
North Africa Mission. His messages 
on the general theme: "Spiritual Stock- 
taking in the Light of the Lord's Com- 
ing" were heart searching. There is a 
personal worker's group now being or- 
ganized under the name of "The Glean- 
er's Club," which is going to reap some 

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precious sheaves for the Lord. Several 
have been baptized this year, so vi^e 
praise the Lord for the Gospel vifhich 
is still the power of God unto salvation 
to everyone that believeth. 

We are in the midst of a basement 
building program. By the time this ap- 
pears in the Evangelist our concrete 
work will be completed. This will be a 
valuable addition for our Bible school 
work. Our Transportation Committee 
is doing good work and is bringing in 
around 40 of those who otherwise could 
not attend each Sunday morning. We 
are using the new Bible School litera- 
ture in our Junior and Intermediate 
Departments and find it to be some- 
thing that we can recommend without 
reservation. We are glad to note that 
something is being done for lesson ma- 
terial for our Christian Endeavor So- 
cieties beginning the first of the year. 

It reems as though there is a great 
gulf fixed between us and the rest of 
the broth'^rhood. Tt is the great gulf of 
distance, which is nearly impassable, 
especially during depression times. 
About the onlv contact that we have is 
that of the Evangelist. We are glad to 
note the continued improvement of our 
church paper. It seems to get better 
each issue. May the Lord's continued 
blessing be upon the editor and his 
helpers, as well as upon every believer 
in our beloved brotherhood! 

E. W. REED 



HUNTINGTON, INDIANA 

We are happy to testify to the bless- 
ing of God upon His servants in this 
part of His vineyard. Recently, with 
the help of Dr. L. 0. McCartneysmith 
and his wife, we carried on a three 
weeks' revival and evangelistic cam- 
paign. Various conditions combined to 
hinder our progress and to make the 
task difficult, and the customary in- 
difference of the general public was 
very manifest. Very few unsaved people 
attended the meetings, although many 
were personally solicited and the meet- 
ings were well advertised. Those who 
attended were well pleased and bene- 
fitted. Some attended every service and 
wished the meetings might continue 
much longer. All agreed that the ser- 
mons were true to the Word, very help- 
ful and eloquently delivered. The sing- 
ing and directing by IVIrs. McCartney- 
smith was also very satisfactory and 
added much to the success of the meet- 
ings. A young people's choir responded 
well to h&r leadership and were faith- 
ful in attendance. 

This was my first opportunity to 
work with the McCartneysmiths and I 
enjoyed the work and the fellowship 
very much. I found them to be very 
humble and unselfish. Although the 
prospects for adequate financial re- 
muneration seemed unfavorable, they 
seemed not to be the least worried or 
concerned. They were supremely anx- 
ious to win souls to Christ and to edify 
the church. Daily prayer and Bible 
reading were emphasized. A daily Bible 



reading contest resulted in the reading 
of 2398 chapters in three weeks. The 
prize winner read 612 chapters. A 
young people's council, held three times 
weekly, was a great help to our young 
people. A special prayer meeting pre- 
ceded the evening services. Qustions 
from a qustion box were answered oc- 
casionally. The homes of most of our 
members were visited and many other 
calls were made. 

Two have been added to the church 
by baptism and one by letter. Two oth- 
ers, a father and his son, who con- 
fessed Christ in their home, have not 
been willing yet to go all the way. We 
expected others to yield themselves to 
Christ and hope that they will yet do 
so. From the pulpit and in the homes 
seed was sown that will yet bear fruit. 
The new contacts made and the inter- 
est aroused will surely bring good re- 
sults in our follow-up work. The 
church has been encouraged and 
strengthened. Some who had been dis- 
turbed by false doctrine have become 
established in the faith. The tracts and 
booklets distributed freely at church 
and in the homes, and the books and 
Bibles sold from the book table, are 
doubtless "bread cast upon the waters" 
from which there will be blessed re- 
sults. 

Much encouragement was realized 
from the visits of Brethren from 
Roanoke, North Manchester, Sidney, 
Roann, College Corner, and even from 
Teegarden, eighty miles away. Two 
large delegations came over from 
North Manchester, where brother and 
sister McCartneysmith labored in re- 
vival effort last winter. They had also 
worked with the Teegarden and College 
Corner Brethren and this manifesta- 
tion of love and interest was a great 
joy to them. The Huntington Brethren 
and their pastor also appreciated these 
visits and we cordially invite them 
back. 

The inspiring songs, the stirring ser- 
mons, the helpful advice and instruc- 
tion and the delightful and wholesome 
fellowship enjoyed with brother and 
sister McCartneysmith will be a pleas- 
ant and enduring memory with the 
Huntington Brethren. Their sacrifice 
and labors were greatly appreciated 
and a hearty welcome awaits them any 
time they can return. 

H. M. OBERHOLTZER 



DALLAS CENTER, lA. 

Not having written any news from 
here for some months to our church 
paper is no sign we have been idle. The 
work is being carried on in all its 
phases. We sent two girls to the Sum- 
mer Camp in July. We had four dele- 
gates at National Conference and six- 
teen at Illiokota Conference, at Lan- 
ark, 111. 

At our Home Coming and Rally Day 
in October we had 129 for church 
school, and 125 for the worship serv- 
ices. Promotion of some members in 
different classes necessitated some 



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changes. Mrs. Nettie Wineland is our 
new Superintendent of the Adult Divi- 
sion and Mrs. Ellen Pietzman, Superin- 
tendent of the Children's Division. Our 
average attendance for November was 
107 plus. We have had some heavy 
losses resulting in deaths and moving 
away of our members. 

In August we spent two weeks in 
Indiana and Ohio supplying one week 
at Oakville, Indiana, a former parish, 
while the pastor was away. While we 
enjoyed the fellowship with those good 
people we endeavored to keep busy for 
the Lord in many ways calling on the 
sick and having prayer in many homes. 
We spent one week in Ohio in tour 
work, singing the gospel and preaching 
in the Church of the Brethren, Coving- 
ton; at a family reunion at old Sugar 
Grove near where I was born and at 
Clayton. Folks everywhere welcomed us 
and we tried to serve them in the name 
of Him who has done so much for us. 

Then one week spent at Winona Lake, 
at our National Conference among the 
largest number of Brethren gathered 
in one place for many years, brought 
our sojourn to a close, being away from 
home twenty-four days. 

Sixteen of the Leon, Iowa Brethren 
C. E. folks came up for a Rally and 
Banquet with our C. E. on Aug. 6th. 
A profitable time was enjoyed. Our C. 
E. is making a contribution to the Kliev. 
er Fund as a missionary to Africa. 

The Sr. S. M. M. recently made 103 
rolls of bandages for Africa, and the 
Jr. S. M. M. will roll their share soon. 
Both societies are active and doing good 
work under efficient leadership. 

Recently we closed an eight day "Re- 
vival of Faith" campaign and added one 
by baptism, and one by letter. Two 
other local churches in town had serv- 
ices the same week, but no additions 
were reported. 

Sister Crawford, a member of our 
church about a year, was attending 
services on Saturday evening, and in a 
moment's time her spirit left the body, 
as the congregation was singing "I 
Would Be Like Jesus." Kind friends 
carried her body to the undertaking 
parlors nearby, and the congregation 
was dismissed with a solemn benedic- 
tion. This was a very unusual incident, 
but what better place could one be at, 
than in the house of the Lord, when 
passing to the great home beyond ? 
She was a devoted servant of Him, 
whom she loved. What a testimony to 
the world that was, in that she was 
ready when the call came. "Watch ye, 
therefore and be ye also ready" when 
the Master comes. 

We observe all the special days and 
offerings, and our budget is larger 
this year than for some time. 

We will observe the White Gift sea- 
son with a Drama-Cantata on Sunday 
evening, Dec. 20 along with the usual 
offering. 

We praise Him for all His mercies 
shown during the past year and for 
the privilege of doing our bit for His 
Kingdom. W. R. DEETER 



ID. U. S. DEPARTMENT 

The Lord giveth the Word: the women that publish the tidings are a great host — Psalm 68:11. 
Material which formerly appeared in Woman's Outlook. 

Slogan — "Living to Learn, Learning to Live" 



The Voice of Jesus -- His Call to Service 

J. p. Kliever 

"And Jesus came to them and spake unto them saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. 
Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the 
Holy Ghost: teaching them to obsei-ve all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even 
unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:18-20. 



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Christ Having Called the disciples to himself, 
giving them final instructions, after they had been 
puzzled because of his death and amazed by his res- 
urrection, gave them the above statement. 

We want to note a few striking things about these 
verses. First of all notice the claim that He has "All 
authority" and on this ground He presents to them a 
great work involving "All nations" and finishing 
with a note of promise and 
assurance, "I am with you 
always." Notice also that 
there are four "alls" in this 
passage, "All authority," 
"All nations," "All things" 
and "All the days (literal 
Greek) ". The source of 
power is complete, the field 
is all inclusive, the respon- 
sibility is large, but it takes 
one more "All" to complete 
the chain; and this is the 
"All" that He expects of 
us; namely complete sur- 
render and obedience to His 
will and call. We will first 
of all consider 
/ — The Resources Provided 

in the Call of Christ. 

The Greek word here 
used is translated, power, 
authority or right. There 
are three other Greek 
words that have similar 
translations. This partic- 
ular word contains the 






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ment of the beautiful hou^e ivhich 
our girls of the S. M. M. have built 
at Ashland? 

This house is for the use of our 
furloughed missionaries. We have 
missionaries now ready to occupy this 
house as soon as it is equipped. A 
committee at Ashland will buy the 
needed furniture as soon as your gifts 
make this possible. Or, if you care to 
make gifts of material rather than 
cash, please write Mrs. A. J. McClain 
so that there may not be any duplica- 
tions. Gifts of double bed sheets and 
blankets, pillow slips, handtowels, tea 
towels, bath towels, dresser scarfs 
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authority delegated, unrestrained and arbitrary, 
such as a magistrates', to do a thing. This same 
word is used in Matt. 7:29 in connection with 
Christ's teaching; in Matt. 9:6 in connection with 
the forgiveness of sins; and in John 17:2 we read 
that he has "Authority over all flesh," and John 5 :27 
states that He has "Authority to execute judgment." 
He also could delegate this power as in Matt. 10:1 
he gave power to the twelve 
"over unclean spirits" and 
then the same word is also 
used in the blessed verse 
found in John 1:12 — 
"Right to become the chil- 
dren of God." 

Let us turn to another 
part of the Word, where 
we have a more complete 
account of the power or 
authority of Christ. Eph. 
1:20 — Christ is "seated on 
the right hand of God" a 
picture of equality, "He is 
above all principality and 
power and might and do- 
minion — has a name above 
every name that is named, 
not only in this age but in 
the age to come, and hath 
put all things under his 
feet, and gave him to be 
the head over all things." 
This is truly a glorious pic- 
ture of the wonderful pow- 
er and majesty of Christ, 
but it doesn't end there. 



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note the next words, "to the Church" and this stands 
in the case of the "indirect object" in the Greek and 
that means this is for the church, which is his body: 
that through which He works. Since all this author- 
ity or power is in Christ, having authority in heaven 
and on earth and over all things, we are willing to 
listen to him as He continues speaking and thus we 
see 

// — The Responsibility Phiced upon us by the 

Call of Christ 
He asks for three things to be done. The first has 
a general indication, in that it is to "All nations" 
and the other two is to the "Them" which are the 




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ones who have believed and are now His disciples. 
A disciple is a learner or one that follows the teach- 
ing. The responsibility is first of all, to "All na- 
tions." That does not mean to Gentiles or Jews only 
but to both. He undoubtedly forsaw the work of the 
Apostle Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles. The mes- 
sage is to all, and then the responsibility is up to 
the one who has heard, to receive it. He did not say, 
"Go and make all nations disciples," but said "Go 
and make disciples of (or from among) all nations." 
To those that accept the teaching there is another 
command, namely that of baptizing them. No one 
who truly belongs to Christ will refuse to acknowl- 
edge him in this ordinance, but the work does not 
stop with that one as yet. Then they are to "Teach 
them to observe all things whatsoever I have com- 
manded you." The word observe comes from a 
Greek word that means the observing, watching, or 
the holding fast of that which is a possession, the 
emphasis is upon the possessor more than the pos- 
session. The same word is translated "preserved" in 
I Thess. 5:23 and "hold fast" in Rev. 3:3; some- 
times it is translated "Keep, watch or reserve." 

What are we to hold fast as a possession, to ob- 
serve and watch and keep? "Observe ALL THINGS 
whatsoever I have commanded you." I believe that 
this can not be narrowed down to include just the 
ordinance, but includes them with all that Christ 
commanded them in that "Forty-day" post-grad- 
uate course after the resurrection. Too many are 
willing to stop with the few instructions that were 
given before the cross, but we must remember that 
much was commanded them after the resurrection. 
These are recorded in the rest of the New Testament 



record. We are not to adhere to, and teach a few 
"pet" doctrines, but "Declare the whole council of 
God," that we may be able to say with Paul, "I 
have kept the faith." Many today I fear would have 
to say, I have kept "some" of the faith instead of 
"THE faith." 

We will regard just one of these commands: He 
said, "Ye shall be my witnesses." We have a witness 
to give, a testimony to keep, and how easy it is to 
do things that hinder and too often render our testi- 
mony ineffective and many times still its voice en- 
tirely. If so, one of the most effective means of prop- 
agating the gospel has been affected and stilled. In 
Rev. 20 :4, the first group mentioned is the one that 
has been beheaded for the "witness for Jesus." Too 
often the love for things connected with this age 
crowd out and dull our love for our Lord, dull our 
ear so that we fail to hear the voice of his Spirit 
calling attention to an opportunity to witness for 
him. Too often a Christian's testimony has been 
made non-effective because of their relation to and 
behavior as regards the people and things of this 
world. Their testimony receives the answer of that 
eastern philosopher who said, "Your actions speak 
so loud that I cannot hear what you are saying." 
This is just one of the many commandments. Let us 
be careful to observe ALL. This may seem as if it 
is too difficult, but not the remainder of the call as 
He gives us 

/// — The Promise of His Abiding Presence 
"And lo, I am with you always." Volumes could 
be written on the blessedness of this Word. He said, 
"I AM." He is the Great "I AM," and now their 
minds undoubtedly went to the conversation before 
the cross, when He had promised them, "I will not 
leave you comfortless (literally — 'orphans') ; I will 
come to you." (John 14:18). He had also promised 
that One should come Who would "Teach you all 
things, and bring all things to your remembrance, 
whatsoever I have told you." His Spirit supplies 
grace (Jas. 4:6a) and therefore we must say with 
Paul, "His grace is sufficient." We are not promised 
to be free from hardships, nor that we will not walk 
in dangerous paths, even in the shadow of death, nor 
that there would be no foe to face, nor that we would 
not walk among false brethren or wolves, but let us 
in the midst of these catch the voice of Jesus as He 
says, "Lo, I AM with thee." Wonderful comfort! 
Wonderful Presence, before which all things will be 
subdued which are not in accord with his blessed 
will. May we, each one be found in that work which 
He has before prepared that we should walk in it 
(Eph. 2:10) and let us examine ourselves to see if 
the picture in our life is complete. Are there five 
"alls" in your life? The last one is to be supplied by 
you, is your "ALL" in the hand of Our Lord and 
Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



January 9, 1937 



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Bible Study — Philip -- Lay Preacher 



Philip The Lay Preacher is a familiar name to 
us, but we desire this brief study to bring his work 
more foi'cibly to our attention. 

Let us not confuse this Philip with the one who 
was chosen one of the twelve. We have the first 
mention of this Philip in the sixth chapter of Acts. 
(Acts 6:1-6) 

PHILIP— THE MAN 

In these brief verses we have volumes concern- 
ing the character of the man. When the work of 
the Jerusalem Church became too heavy for the 
preachers in charge, they set about seeking to 
solve this difficulty. After much prayer and se- 
rious consideration it was decided that a group of 
laymen could take over certain of the detail work 
of the church and so leave the preaching of the 
Gospel to those ordained for that purpose. They 
further decided that these men must have some 
definite qualifications, else they would not be fitted 
for the work of representing the church of the Liv- 
ing God. 

Let us turn again to this third verse and see 
what these qualifications were. 

First. There were to be seven men. That number 
which signifies completeness. Just enough, and not 
too many. A lesson which we can well take into 
our own church work. We need to study the needs 
of our church in its setting and then provide 
enough organization to meet its needs, but not to 
the extent that it may become burdensome. There 
was a circumstance had arisen in this Jerusalem 
Church which would take the combined efforts of 
seven men to care for, and seven men were chosen 
for the task. 

Second. These men were to be of "honest report." 
May we think for a moment of the value of being 
well spoken of. The Lord's work has suffered many 
times by being put in the hands of men whose qual- 
ifications have not been carefully considered. Re- 
ports are not always reliable, but where there are 
evil reports, there should be serious consideration 
before such are chosen to represent our Lord and 
our church in a community. 

Third. These men should be full of the Holy Spir- 
it. The best test of this qualification is the fruit 
which the life in question has produced. Has the 
fruit been, "love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentle- 
ness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance?. . . 
Not desirous of vain glory not provoking one an- 
other, nor envying one another." Gal. 5:22-26. This 
is not a difficult qualification to judge, for if these 
fruits are present in the Hfe there is no room for the 
evil. 



Fourth. "Full of wisdom." Not full of learning, 
for that may be acquired by anybody. But wasdom 
is a much larger term and comes from the heart 
rather than the head. It means being tactful and 
prudent in our dealings with others. 

After all these virtues were laid before the apos- 
tles how natural that a man of the character of 
Stephen should be their first choice. Stephen, who 
was later called to give his life for "Tlae Way" and 
who gave it so gloriously that he has been the 
means of leading multitudes to the Master whom he 
loved and served. How significant that next to 
Stephen should come the name of Philip, who is our 
subject for study today. Philip had been so active 
in the local church that lie was chosen along with a 
man of the type of Stephen. He was one on whom 
they had learned to depend and who would carry out 
the allotted tasks of the church to the last detail. 
It is also interesting to note in passing that aside 
from Philip and Stephen the seven are never heard 
of again in our scriptural record. 
HIS MESSAGE 

The message of a man who is true to himself and 
God is the same as the character of the man. This 
was true of Philip. He lived what he believed ev- 
ery day and thereby became a living testimony to 
our Lord and Savior. 

As the persecution of the church became more 
severe, the devout Jews were scattered throughout 
the land. 

We are told in Acts 8 :.5ff that Philip went down to 
the city of Samaria and preached Christ unto them. 
The people received his preaching gladly and were 
greatly moved by the signs and wonders which at- 
tended his preaching. There were many healings, 
evil spirits cast out, lame made to walk and last, but 
in no way least, we are told, there was great joy 
in that city. 

Tlie preaching today is not attended by these 
great physical miracles but the spiritual miracles 
which attend the faithful preaching of God's Word 
are no less astounding and bring no less joy to 
those touched than did the miracles and teachings of 
Philip. He saw the joy of those that were healed, 
which must have been a joy without bounds. Then 
the joy of them saved from the grasp of the evil 
spirits must have been wonderful to witness. The 
joy of those connected with these afflicted ones 
was surely a recompense to that humble lay preach- 
er. The joy of salvation was the one most per- 
manent and the one that all Philip's other activities 
had led up to. 

He had gone into a city where the expectation 



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of the coming of the Messiah was as intense as it 
was among the devout Jews of Jerusalem, and to 
them we are told, he proclaimed the "Jesus of Naz- 
areth" to be their Messiah. He also preached his 
death and resurrection as the crowning proof that 
he was the Son of the Most High God. The preach- 
ing of Christ is a subject broader than any one 
doctrine and gives us subject matter to cover years 
of preaching. Christ himself preached to the two 
on the way to Emmaus and his subject was, "The 
necessity of his suffering and subsequent resur- 
rection." The angels preached a Savior not a sal- 
vation. The apostles preached Christ as dead and 
risen and at the right hand of God with power. 
Stephen, in his defense, preached the Messiahship, 
death and resurrection. Philip showed Jesus to be 
the "key to the prophecies," suffering and trium- 
phant. 

In the midst of this great revival and while every- 
thing seemed to point to Philip continuing in this 
city, the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip say- 
ing, "Arise and go toward the south unto the way 
that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which 
is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a 
man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority un- 
der Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had 
charge of her treasures and had come to Jerusa- 
lem to worship, was returning, and sitting in his 
chariot read Isaiah the prophet." This must have 
been a hard command to follow. To leave this dense- 
ly populated city and take the lonely road that lead 
to the desert. But we are told Philip arose and went. 
On this journey he met a man. Not a great congre- 
gation; not even a small group; but ONE MAN. 
The thirty-fifth verse of this chapter tells us that 
Philip "opened his mouth and began, at that same 
scripture and preached unto him Jesus." As he 
met this Ethiopian eunuch he talked with him and 
the questions of the eunuch gave Philip the desired 
opportunity to preach to him. He had been sent 
by tlie angel, but to whom he did not know, but he 



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did know what his message was to be. When the 
eunuch asked the question of verse thirty-four, "Of 
whom speakest the prophet this ? of himself or some 
other?" it opened Philip's mouth to preach to him 
Jesus. He was privileged from here to tell him the 
beautiful story of Jesus' birth ; the visit of the shep- 
herds and the wise men ; and how they accepted him 
as the new born King ; the nature and the growth of 
Jesus as told to us in Luke 2:52; his baptism by 
John; his work among men and his choosing the 
twelve to carry on his church ; his suffering and 
death : and he was priviledged to lead this eunuch to 
the empty tomb and show him that "this same Je- 
sus" who had died had also risen again and was 
now at the right hand of God interceding for us 
that we might be saved from our sins. From this 
scripture Philip must have preached unto him bap- 
tism, for the eunuch's next question was, "What 
doth hinder me to be baptized?" And Philip gave 
tnat wonderful assurance, "Nothing hinders, if you 
believe with all your heart you may be baptized." 

THE RESULT OF PHILIP'S WORK 

He was able to save a soul, yes, many of them. 
This was the secret of the rapid spread of the Gos- 
pel around Jerusalem — the laymen felt the responsi- 
bility for soul winning. 

We hear no more of this eunuch after he returns 
to his African home. We do knw that the Christian 
religion spread all over northern Africa. Many of 
our early church fathers came from that territory. 
May it not have been from the seed which Philip 
had so faithfully sown in the heart of this man? 

Our task today is to follow the example of Philip 
and preach to men a personal, living Savior, who 
has done all for man and is able to be everything 
to man and to do all things through man. Christ 
must be set before man in His CRADLE; on His 
CPvOSS, and with His CROWN. 

Philip is our great example of a lay preacher and 
one that we can well afford to emulate. 



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The Voice of Jesus — His Commands 



Rev. Robert Ashman 



Following His Discourse on the Vine and the 
Branches, our Lord states in John 15 :14 "Ye are my 
friends, if ye do the things which I command you." 
It is indeed a beautiful relationship ; the ever present 
possession of every believer; that of being a Fruit- 
bearing branch in Christ the Vine. But equally as 
beautiful is the elevated position possible for every 
Child of God, namely — a Friend as compared to a 
servant, if we do the things He commands. He says. 



"No longer do I call you servants ; for the servant 
knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called 
you Friends; for all the things that I heard from 
my Father I have made known unto you." (John 
15:15). A servant is told what to do without expla- 
nation, — not so with a Friend. A servant blindly fol- 
lows the orders of his master, — not so with a 
Friend. 

Carlyle once said, "Here on earth we are soldiers, 



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j fighting in a foreign land, that understand not the 
I plan of the campaign and have no need to under- 
stand it, seeing what is at our hand to be done." 
This is excellent counsel for slaves and bondservants, 
but in no way is it descriptive of the life that is 
meant for us ; nor of the life our Lord would be con- 
itent to give us. The "Friend" is not compelled blind- 
ly to go through with a task whose result he does 
not understand or with which he is not in sympathy : 
the "Friend" is invited to join in a work in which he 
has a direct personal interest and to which he can 
give himself willingly. Thus through Christ's com- 
mands we His Believer-Friends are invited to hear 
His voice and answer in obedience. If we engage in 
the work of life with a heartless feeling of its wear- 
iness, or merely for the sake of gaining a livelihood, 
if we are not drawn to labor, as His called out ones, 
by the prospect of results, then we have scarcely en- 
tered into the condition our Lord opens to us. He 
gives us the fullest satisfaction anyone can have, 
because He fills our life with a real and intelligent 
purpose. 

In doing the things which Jesus commands we are 
lifted into a position in which we see that we are 
not the slaves of fate or this world, but that "All 
Things Are Ours," and that we through Him are 
masters of that position. Thus instead of thinking 
it almost a crime to have been born into so hope- 
less a world, we have really the best reason and the 
highest possible object for living. Doing His com- 
mands is a great condition and union with Jesus 
Christ as Friends is the blessed result of such expe- 
rience. Briefly then let us consider three of His com- 
mands. 

1. His Command to Love 

In John 15:12 Jesus says, "This is my command- 
ment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved 
you." Again in verse 13, "Greater love hath no man 
than this, that a man lay down his life for his 
friends." Christ laid down His life for those whom 
He foreknew to be His friends. It was this great 
love that sent Him to calvary. It was this great love 
that led Him always to think of others and be ever 
ready to help, comfort, instruct and heal. The con- 
trolling motive of His entire ministry was LOVE. 
And now He commands us to love one another in 
the same manner. Yet our love many times is turned 
to hatred and malice without the slightest cause. 

We may have unfading splendor, 

When Love shines in. 
And a Friendship true and tender, 

When Love shines in. 

2. His Command to Witness 
"Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all na- 
tions, .... teaching them to observe all things what- 
soever I commanded you." (Matthew 28 :19-20) . "Go 
ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to the 
whole creation." (Mark 16:15). "Ye shall be my 



witness both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Sa- 
maria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." 
(Acts 1:8). From these and many other similar 
passages we can only conclude that one of the most 
important commands of Jesus Christ to us is to 
bear our witness concerning His death and resur- 
rection wherever man is found, whether near or 
far, "to the Jew first and also to the Gentile." The 
extent of this witness is unto every people and na- 
tion. The message of this witness, "Teaching them 
to observe all things," is the entire inspired word of 
God. The result of this witness will be saved souls 
and edified believers. 

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, 

What a glory He sheds on our way! 

While we do His good will, He abides with us still, 

And with all who will Trust and Obey. 

For the favor He shows, and the joy He bestows, 

Are for them who will Trust and Obey. 

3. His Command to Watch 
"Watch and pray, that ye enter not into tempta- 
tion." (Matthev.^ 26:41). How timely were these 
words spoken to our Lord's sleeping disciples. They 
were asleep on the job. But they have also a stir- 
ring message to Christians of this present day. We 
who are privileged to be one wth Him ought al- 
ways to heed its warning. We must needs be con- 
tinually on guard that the devil does not find us 
sleeping on the job when we should be watching and 
praying. 

There is another reason for watching. As Jesus 
was teaching His disciples on one occasion He spoke 
words something like these, "Watch therefore: for 
ye know not when the lord of the house cometh." 
On another occasion He said, "Watch therefore : for 
ye know not on what day your Lord cometh .... 
Therefore be ye also ready; for in an hour as ye 
think not the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 24: 
42 and 44). It will be for those who love and look 
for His appearing that Christ will come again. Hand 
in hand with following His commands to Love and 
Witness we should also be Watching and Praying for 
His blessed return : 

When in fellowship sweet 
We will sit at His feet. 

Finally then : Obedience to His Words proves our 
love to Him, and walking in obedience we abide in 
His Love "and hereby we know that we know Him, 
if we keep His commands." (I John 2:3). 
Mundy's Corner, Pa. 



"That life should appear common-place to any 
man is evidence that hei has invested it with the 
coarse habit of his thinking. Life is beautiful to 
whomsoever will think beautiful thoughts. There 
are no common people but they who think commonly 
and without imagination or beauty. Such are dull 
enough." — Stanton Davis Kirkham. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



The Voice of Jesus--His Promises 



Mrs. Carl Mohler 



The Voice of Jesus should be music to our ears. 
We should always be in a listening attitude. Some- 
times he speaks to us and asks us to work for Him — 
other times He speaks to us to give us special prom- 
ises that should be very dear to us. It is these prom- 
ises that we went to consider. The Bible is a book of 
rich promises. Hardly a page but glitters with the 
glorious words of hope and comfort and encourage- 
ment. The Bible is the checkbook on the bank of 
Faith. The promises are endlessly varied. They 
cover every conceivable need and circumstance of 
life. There are many promises so it would not be 
possible to consider all of them. 

Let us first consider the fulness of the blessings 
he promises us. This blessing comes with the gospel 
of Christ. When we hear this gospel the blessing 
that flows to each one of us is so great that we can 
scarcely realize it. In Rom. 15:29 we read — "And I 
am sure that, w^hen I come unto you, I shall come in 
the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ." 
This shows us what Christ's blessings meant to Paul. 
We cannot realize these blessings to the fullest ex- 
tent though until we have the true faith in Him. Af- 
ter we have this faith then the blessings pour in as 
Christ promised until at times we scarcely have room 
in our lives for them they are so numerous. 

Next he promises us a fullness of grace to bless 
us. John 1 :16 tells us "And of His fulness have we 
all received, and grace for grace." The grace of Je- 
sus is a saving grace, a sufficient grace, a stimulat- 
ing grace, a serving grace, a sacrificing grace and a 
supplying grace. What more could anyone ask than 
grace such as this. Christ's grace is such a full grace 
and from this fulness we all receive. We read of 
Dr. Andrew Bonar who on Oct. 17, 1830 was quietly 
sitting in a room which he shared with his brothers 
reading Guthrie's "Trial of a Saving Interest in 
Christ." He began to have a "secret joyful hope" 
that he really believed on the Lord Jesus. The ful- 
ness and freshness of Divine Grace filled his heart. 
"I did nothing but receive" he says. This is true of 
us too because the grace of Jesus is nothing we can 
earn. It is a free gift. The grace of Jesus is almost 
beyond our understanding for even when we come 
short of His expectations he still has grace enough 
to shower us with blessings. 

Then the Lord fills our lives with the fulness of 
joy and promises us gladness in our lives. When we 
accept Christ He gives us the promise that our lives 
shall be joyful. John 15:11 tells us "These things 
have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain 



in you, and that your joy might be full." When we 
abide in Christ He gives us His joy for ours. This 
joy abides in us and grows in us and becomes real 
and vital in our lives. 

Then too, Jesus promises us that when we accept 
Him He will endow us with the fulness of the spirit 
to empower us. In Ephesians 5 we find Paul tells 
us to "be filled with the spirit." There are many 
reasons why we should allow the spirit to have its 
way in our lives. First, the spirit-filled life is a life 
of conquest over temptation. This does not mean 
that we are immune to temptation but that we are 
more able to resist temptation. Second, the spirit- 
filled life is a life of service. This is well illustrated 
by a potter working away at his wheel. An onlooker 
said "The leg you use must get very tired." "No, 
it's the leg that does nothing that gets tired" w^as 
the reply. And it is the people who do most in the 
Lord's work who are least tired. Then third, the 
spirit-filled life is full of joy. Joy is the natural pro- 
duct of an inner life. All these promises that the 
Lord gives us seem to hinge together and one de- 
pends upon the other for fulness. 

The next promises that Jesus gives us is that God 
is faithful to sanctify us. When we accept Christ 
fully we are set aside for service by Him. We no 
longer have a desire to live in the world. Our de- 
sire is for real service to our God. When we are 
sanctified we are so desirous of serving Him that 
this desire takes precedence over everything else in 
our lives. 

Jesus next promises us faith to assure us in time 
of trial as well as other times. It is this faith that 
gives us peace in time of trial and temptation. Rom. 
5:1 tells us "Therefore being justified by faith, we 
have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." 
This is the peace that helps us over hard places. This 
faith is nothing we can see but something we can 
feel with our spiritual arms. It is trust. When we 
put money in the bank we trust that it will be there 
when we return for it. When we return for it we 
are given bank notes to show for our money. When 
we receive Christ's promises they are better than 
any bank note that any bank on this earth could pos- 
sibly offer. 

The last promise of Jesus that we will consider 
is the promise that He will give us Himself as an 
example after which we can pattern our lives. In 
Ephesians 4:13 we read "Till we all come in the 
unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the 



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stature of the fulness of Christ." Christ gave His 
gifts to men that they might grow up to be men, 
and reach that perfect manhood in which there is no 
error or infirmity. So if we wish to receive this 
promise we must keep our bodies healthy, we must 
keep our minds ever on the alert and above all we 
must keep our moral character above reproach. This 
is well illustrated for us by the verses about Jesus 
which says that He increased in wisdom and in stat- 
ure and in favor with God and man. 

When we prepare ourselves to receive these prom- 
ises we draw ourselves closer to Him. We show what 
He means to us by the promises we allow to come 
true in our lives. Our lives are an example whether 
we want them to be or not. 

You are writing a Gospel, a chapter each day, 
By deeds that you do, by words that you say. 
Men read what you write, whether faithless or true, 
Say! What is the Gospel according to You? 
Peru, Indiana 



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Worship Program 



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February Topic: 

The Voice of Jesus 

Call to Worship: "Let the words of my mouth, 
and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in 
thy sight, Lord, my strength, and my redeem- 
er." Psalm 19:14. 

Song : "Tell Me the Old, Old Story." 

Tell me the old, old story. 

Of unseen things above, 
Of Jesus and his glory, 

Of Jesus and his love; 
Tell me the story simply. 

As to a little child. 
For I am weak and weary, 

And helpless and defiled. 

Chorus : 

Tell me the old, old story, 
Tell me the old, old story, 
Tell me the old, old story 
Of Jesus and his love. 

Tell me the story slowly. 

That I may take it in — 
That wonderful redemption, 

God's remedy for sin; 
Tell me the story often. 

For I forget so soon. 
The early dew of morning 

Has passed away at noon. 

Tell me the story softly, 

With earnest tones and grave; 
Remember I'm the sinner 

Whom Jesus came to save ; 
Tell me the story always. 

If you would really be, 
In any time of trouble, 

A comforter to me. 



Scripture : John 10 : 1-5. 

Prayer. 

Business. 

Song : "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say." 

I heard the voice of Jesus say. 

Come unto me and rest; 
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down 

Thy head upon my breast. 

I heard the voice of Jesus say. 

Behold, I freely give 
The living water; thirsty one. 

Stoop down, and drink, and live. 

I heard the voice of Jesus say, 

I am this dark world's light; 
Look unto me, thy morn shall rise. 

And all thy day be bright. 

Bible Study: "Philip— Lay Preacher." 

Prayer. 

Duet: "Beautiful Words of Jesus." 

Topic : "The Voice of Jesus — His Commands." 

Meditation : 

Lord Christ, if thou art with us and these eyes 
Are holden, while we sadly go and say 
"We hoped it had been he, and now today 
Is the third day, and hope within us dies," 
Bear with us, O our Master — Thou art wise 
And knowest our foolishness; we do not pray 
"Declare thyself, since weary grows the way, 
And faith's new burden hard upon us lies;" 
Nay, choose thy time, but ah! whoe'er thou art. 
Leave us not; where have we heard any voice 
Like thine? our hearts burn in us as we go; 
Stay with us; break our bread; so, for our part 
Ere darkness fall haply we may rejoice. 
Haply when day has been far spent may know. 

— DOWDEN 

Topic: "The Voice of Jesus — His Promises." 
Meditation : 

Speak, gracious Lord, speak ever thus; 

And let thy terrors 2orove 
The harbingers of peace to us, 

The heralds of thy love! 
Shine through the earthquake, fire and storm, 
Shine in thy milder, better form, 

And all our fears remove. 

— Lyte. 

Topic : "The Voice of Jesus — His Call to Service." 

Benediction : "The Lord bless thee and keep thee ; 

The Loi'd make his face to shine upon thee and 

be gracious unto thee: 
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee and 
give thee peace. Amen. Numbers 6 :24-26. 



AND I OWE IT 
"Whene'er I have of dollars ten, 

I give my one for fellowmen. 
The nine I spend on earthly joys. 

On wife and home and girls and boys. 
I give of time and talents too, 

A tithe I owe, that's always due. 
I give God one : He gives me ten ! 

And when I die, or how, or when, 
I'll leave it all. Yet while I live, 

My Lord shall have his lawful tithe." 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Called of the Lord 



Text: "Ye serve the Lord Christ" Colossians 3:2Ii- 



The Greatest and Noblest Ambition in any 
man exactly measures the man. The supreme am- 
bition of the Apostle Paul was "to serve the Lord 
Christ." His supreme motive was to make others 
know him and serve him. The Gospel echoes with 
the ringing declaration of the impossibility of a di- 
vided allegiance, "Ye cannot serve God and Mam- 
mon," and it is therefore foolish to spend the great- 
er part of our lives in the attempt. Wilberforce con- 
densed Christianity into four words, "Admit-submit- 
commit-transmit." When a man is ready and will- 
ing to admit Jesus Christ into his life, submit him- 
self to the will of Christ, commit his way unto the 
Lord — and to transmit his knowledge of the Christ 
to others — he puts himself into a position to be 
of the largest possible service to his God and his 
generation. We cannot live the normal Christian 
life unless we are willing to do this. "If ye have 
not received the Spirit of Christ ye are none of 
his." A great many so-called Christian people de- 
ceive themselves with the idea that Christianity is 
an external thing only — but it is more than that, 
it is an inward reality. Christianity is within us, 
it is not merely a system of ideas, not a code of 
rules for us to live by, neither is it only a beautiful 
character after which we are to strive. It is not 
simply by imitating Christ, nor by talking about 
Christ, nor by thinking about Christ, but by re- 
ceiving Christ into our hearts that we become Chris- 
tians. Let us not be afraid of this bold assertion, 
but let us grasp its real meaning. Christianity is 
life. "It is admitting his living presence into our 
lives, and by his grace transmitting our experience 
to others. When we have received into our hearts 
and lives the Spirit of Christ, in the strength of 
this new life we can resist evil in, every department 
of our being. "It is not by might, nor by power, but 
by my spirit saith the Lord." 

1. Ye are called to a life of courageous service. It 
is for this express purpose that the Spirit of Christ 
has come into our lives. "Ye serve the Lord Christ." 
This kind of service calls for courage. The indwell- 
ing, living, abiding, spirit of Christ in our Hves, is 
not only a call to Christian service, but it is also an 
equipment for Christian service. The power of 
Christ within us is a force stron.ger by far, than 
all the forces that this world can ever command or 
muster. It inspires us with courage, and strength, 
and heroism. It makes us ever willing to do and 
dare for Jesus. Henry Martyn experienced some- 
thing of this spirit when he said, "I care not what 



hardships I endure, if I can only win souls to 
Christ." You need courage. Your passion for souls 
needs to be saturated with courage, in this great 
day of opportunity which is confronting the church 
for the redemption of humanity. It takes courage 
to live according to your own conviction, and not 
bend to popular prejudice. Your courage will find 
expression in your service to the world. Your ser- 
vice for God is of no avail unless it thrills with life 
that begets life. There is no message in the world 
outside of our message for the aid of the world's 
need. There can be no salvation from sin but in 
the power of the Spirit of God. And ye are the 
witnesses to these things because "ye serve the 
Lord Christ." You are not called to be the children 
of luxury and ease and pleasure, but to a life of 
courageous service, a life of self-giving and cross- 
bearing. Is it not positively disheartening to behold 
the attitude of some people who feel it their duty 
to speak a word for Jesus ? It requires courage. But 
nothing should be more pleasant to a loyal disciple. 
What Christian would not leap to his feet, if the 
unmistakable call came, and tell how much he owes 
to his Savior? If there is in your soul a passion for 
the Saviour it will cry out continually for a chance 
to declare his allegiance. "Ye serve the Lord 
Christ." 

2. Ye are called to a life of sacrificial service. It is 
very necessary to make it known to ourselves as 
well as to others that we are saved to serve. The 
essence of Christianity is not selfishness, but sac- 
rifice. What the church needs today is a fresh in- 
fusion of the sacrificial spirit. Religion has grown 
soft, and flabby and indifferent. A selfish religion 
will never save the world. We need to be more 
enthusiastic over our religion. If there is anything 
in all the world worth living for, and giving to, and 
dying for, it is the cause of Christ. A mother will 
sacrifice for her children, and call it love. A nurse 
will sacrifice for her patient, and call it duty. A 
soldier will sacrifice for his country and call it loy- 
alty. Are we ready to sacrifice for the church and 
call it service? When "ye serve the Lord Christ" 
there is nothing to be ashamed of. We can, claim 
and proclaim allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ 
without a blush ; we can center our affections upon 
him without a doubt, and we can anchor our eternal 
hopes to him without a fear. We need to be in dead 
earnest. We do not take our religioni seriously 
enough. There is no pleasures, of worldly fame and 
gaudy show. Sacrificial service means hardship, 



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self-denial. "Take up your cross and follow Christ." 
There is power in sacrificial service, in what you 
;are willing to do for others. "I am among you as one 
ithat serveth." Sacrificial service is not what you 
'get, but what you give. It is not demanding your 
legal rights, but doing your duty. This is just what 
it means to be a Christian,. Some are thinking only 
of ease and exemption. They want to be saved for 
What they can get, and not for what they can do. 
rhey are thinking of the shining crown, the white 
f-obe, and the mansion prepared for them. But sac- 
-ificial service comes first. This call challenges the 
very best that is in us. It calls for courage and hero- 
: sm. "Ye serve the Lord Christ," and the deeds you 
herish are the sacrifices you are privileged to make 
'or him. Sacrificial service is blood service — 

"We lay in dust life's glory dead 

And from the ground there blossoms red — 

Life that shall endless be." 

3. Ye are called to a life of faithful service. Let us 
lot forgetful be that our service is for Christ. "Ye 
serve the Lord Christ." He claims your faithful ser- 
vice. A young man once came to America from a 
lation to whom we send our missionaries. He had 
leard of Jesus, and had learned to love him. He 
iivanted to fit himself for Christian service in his 
>wn nation. Without means, he was working his 
sassage in the stifling hold of the ship as a stoker, 
jut he said the thing that sustained him was, in the 



midst of the awful heat and dirt of that long pas- 
sage, that it was for Christ. It is a wonderful thing 
to render faithful service. What a tremendous re- 
sponsibility when we remember that the salvation 
of the world depends upon us. The cause of Christ 
stands or falls, wins or loses with our efforts. The 
world is judging Christ by us. This is your oppor- 
tunity. Do your work but do it with faithfulness. 
Be faithful at all times and under all circum- 
stances. The Japanese navy is said not to have had 
a flag of truce in their recent war with Russia. 
Let us never think of retreating. "Ye serve the 
Lord Christ." Be faithful even unto death. It was 
an intensely cold night. General Alger was making 
his rounds a few hours before daylight, when he 
approached a post where a solitary picket stood 
on guard. As he neared the post, he was greatly 
surprised that the soldier did not halt him, and 
demand the countersign. He could plainly see him 
leaning against a tree, and was indignant to find 
one of his men sleeping, as he supposed, on duty. 
Walking up to the man to place him under arrest 
he was horrified to find him frozen to death in the 
faithful performance of duty. Faithful unto death. 
Ye are called to a life of faithful service, to a life 
of sacrificial service, to a life of courageous ser- 
vice. Jesus is depending on you. Will you fail him, 
or will you be found faithful. "Ye serve the Lord 
Christ." Amen. — ANON. 



Medical Treatment for Leprosy 

From Dr. E. Muir's review in the last annual report of our Indian Auxiliarij 



The Popularity of treatment is a striking fea- 
ture of leper homes. When it is remembered that 
several years are often necessary before recovery 
can take place, this is the more remarkable. From 
other sources we hear that clinics for the treatment 
of leprosy often begin with a flourish and large 
numbers of patients, but after a few months the 
numbers die down to almost nil. This is not the case 
in the clinics of the Mission to Lepers or in other 
clinics where the doctors and their assistants have 
the true missionary spirit of service and sympathy. 

Another remarkable thing is that almost all this 
increasing in-patient and out-patient treatment has 
been done by practically the same medical and nurs- 
ing staff as was previously employed, though doubt- 
jless much extra help is given by educated and 
I trained patients. At the back of all this increased 
work are two things: sympathy and enthusiasm; 
and it is these that make the medical work of the 
Mission so popular and such a success. 

I referred last year to the importance of children, 



and the splendid work that the Mission does in its 
many homes for the children of leprous parents. 
During the past year, the child problem has been 
emphasized more and more by workers all over the 
world. It has been, shown that the age factor is 
one of the most vital in the spread of the disease. 
In early years resistance to leprosy is much lower 
than in adult life .... The Mission to Lepers has so 
far led the way in Save the children policy ; and will, 
I believe, realising the all-importance of this side of 
the problem, develop more and more their splendid 
children's homes. — Without the Camp. 



"If you have no fixed goal, how can you arrive?" 



Don't flatter yourselves that friendship author- 
izes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. 
On the contrary, the nearer you come into a relation 
with a person, the more necessary do tact and cour- 
tesy become. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



The Childreris Hour 

[Signal Lights] 
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Program for Febuary 1937 

Mrs. H. L. Briscoe 

Song : "More About Jesus." 
Scripture: Ephesians 2:19-22. 
Prayer: That every member of the Signal Lights 
will build their lives upon the solid foundation of 
which Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone. 
Monthly Bible Drill — F — Isaiah 41:10. 

E— Proverbs 30:5. 

B — Galatians 6:2. 

R— Romans 12:17. 

U— Psalm 2.5:1. 

A — Proverbs 15:1. 

R— Proverbs 16:13. 

Y — 1st Corinthians 7:23. 
Memorize Psalm 1: 

Story Of -'THE LITTLE HOUSE YOU LIVE IN" 

When I look at you today I see a regular little 
city of white houses — big houses and smaller ones 
that stand on two streets : Boy Street and Girl 
Street. For although you don't know it, each of you 
is a little house, yourself ! 

Of course, the two windows are your eyes. All 
day long the little eye-windows of your little house- 
of-self are open wide, so that you, who are sitting 
behind them, can see everything that passes by. At 
night you pull down the shades, and close the blinds, 
while you sleep. The front door is your mouth, only 
there is no door bell nor a key, so you just run in 
and out all day long. Sometimes you slam it, and 
sometimes you open it when you ought not to ! 

Every single child in the whole world is a little 
house on Boy Street or Girl Street, and the pity of 
it is that they don't know how to furnish their houses 
better. It doesn't cost money, but it does cost pa- 
tience. Let me tell you about the rooms you have 
inside you ! 

There is the parlor ! Whenever you are talking to 
anybody or playing with anybody you are using 
the parlor of your little house-of-self. It is then that 
you show what your real manners are, don't you ? 

Then there is the dining-room in the little house- 
of-self you live in. It is where you feed yourself, 
when you decide what you want to do all day long 
to fill up the time. Some of us who like only candy 
and dessert in our really truly dining-rooms, at 
home, are a lot that same way in our little houses- 
of-self: four slices of fun, please; six glasses of 
good times; one teaspoonful of work; and a tiny 
pinch of helpfulness! But we don't grow up strong 



that way ; oh dear no ! — no muscles, no snap to us — 
just roly-poly good-for-nothings! 

There is also a bed-room in our little houses-of- 
self, where we dream and dream and dream of the 
things we are going to be when we grow up! Such 
fine wonderful men and women as we do plan to be ; 
but do you know? It won't do us much good to dream 
such nice dreams unless we have a little attic store 
room in our houses-of-self . All sorts of things are to 
be stored in these memory-attics: things you've 
learned in school and can't forget; like how to add 
and subtract; how to spell; poems; songs; stories; 
geography lessons ; Bible verses. I like to pretend 
that we have telephones in our little houses-of-self, 
our ears, of course, and everytime someone tells us 
something splendid, hurry up and store it away in 
your memory-attic ! Or perhaps your eye-windows 
have seen something wonderful, — store that away, 
too ! Let's suppose you have one old chest up in your 
memory-attic labelled, "Geography Box." Inside of 
it are all the things you've ever learned anywhere 
about the world — that God made it, that He made it 
very beautiful, that He made it safe for everybody, 
that He packed it full of all the things we can pos- 
sibly need to feed us, or keep us warm or give us 
homes or clothing. Then we have a Bible verse 
packed in the "geography box" too, — for whenever 
we remember the world, we say to ourselves : "God 
so loved the world, that He gave His Son." I won- 
der if you realize how perfectly wonderful it is to 
have just those few facts about the world stored 
away in your memory-attic? 

There are millions of heathen boys on Boy Street 
and millions of heathen girls on Girl Street who 
haven't a single one of those things stored away in 
their memory-attic. When their window-eyes look 
out and see God's world, they see only things to be 
afraid of, — trees having rustling leaves that are full 
of hobgoblins to hurt children; little waves that 
dance in the wind, seem like angry demons to the 
children whose eyes see only fear everywhere, — 
all because no one ever gave them anything comfort- 
able or true to store away in their memory-attics. 

The only reason why you and I have something 
comfortable and pleasant stored away is because our 
little houses-of-self are built on Jesus, one of whose 
names is the cornerstone. He is a big firm rock, and- 
stone by stone our mothers and our Sunday School 
teachers have helped to build us up and to store 
away things about Jesus in our memory-attic until 
here we are, nice comfortable little houses built on a 
rock ! Storms can't hurt us one bit ! Let them blow — 
we remember the strong cornerstone under us : Je- 
sus Christ. 

But those other children, the little heathen houses- 
of-self on Boy Street and Girl Street are like houses ; 
built on sand, for fear is a great deal like sand, isn't 
it ? When the big storms blow the sand drifts and . 



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drifts and the little house falls over. It seems to me 
it is only neighborly for our little houses-of-self 
which are built so comfortably on Jesus, the corner- 
stone, to help the other little tumble-down houses-of- 
self, built on the sands of fear, their only hope in 
ifoolish idols. 

The Bible tells us this very same thing about the 
little houses-of-self you live in, only it says it this 
way: "Ye are God's building . . . and what agree- 
nent hath the temple of God with idols, For ye are 
;he temple of the living God . . . now therefore ye 
ire no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow- 
citizens . . . and are built upon the foundation of 
;he apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself be- 
ng the chief cornerstone ... in whom the whole 
juilding . . . groweth into an holy temple." 



Song: "How Firm a Foundation." 

Roll Call. 

Report of the D. W. B.s. * 

Offering. 

Secretary's Report. 

Announcements. 

Signal Lights' Benediction. 

* If you do not have "Doing Without Boxes" and 
wish to use them, let the children bring candy boxes 
or some other small boxes, to some meeting. Patron- 
esses may supervise the decorating and making of 
these into D. W. B.s — an extra half hour might be 
devoted to this before the meeting. 
Okeechobee, Florida. 



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FEBRUARY 



.ET Us Pray: 
1. That the new missionaries who 
will go out during the year may 
be provided with every need for 
their journey and their term of 
service. 

a. Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Taber, who 
have labored so long and faith- 
fully in Paris to obtain a medi- 
cal education that would fit them 
for a more abundant service in 
Africa. 

b. For Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy, 
who will go to our South Ameri- 
can field. May we pray also that 
they may be given special apt- 
ness in grasping the language 
and work that they may relieve 
Brother and Sister Sickel for 
their long over-due furlough. 

c. For Rev. and Mrs. J. P. Kliever, 
who will go to Africa where only 
God can tell the number it would 
take to really evangelize the ter- 
ritory allotted to our church. 

2. That the material and money 
may be provided at once to equip 
the house which the girls of the 
S. M. M. have built at Ashland 
for the use of our missionaries 
who are home on furlough. 



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Official Affairs 

FINANCIAL SECRETARY'S RE- 
PORT FOR OCTOBER, 1936 
Apportionment Fund 

•Hllmore, Calif $12.00 

arleton, Nebr .75 



General Fund 

Middlebranch, Ohio .75 

Feast of Ingathering 

Middlebranch, Ohio $ 3.00 

South Gate, Calif $ 7.42 

Refrigerator Fund 
Sidney, Ind $ 5.00 

Total $28.92 

NOVEMBER 
Apportionment Fund 

Whittier, Calif $ 4.50 

Seminary Fund 

Bryan, Ohio $ 8.66 

Feast of Ingathering 
EUet, Ohio $ 1.25 

Total $14.41 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. N. G. Kimmel 



In Loving Memory 



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Not lost, not dead, not gone, not even 

sleeping, 
Though we have laid them in the grave 

with weeping; 
No sharp despair our chastened hearts 

can fill 
For they are with us still. 

In loving memory of: 

Mrs. Francis C. Golladay, Liberty 
Church, Quicksburg, Virginia; Sarah 
Steel, North Liberty, Indiana; Mrs. 
Lannie Murr, Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Le- 
ona Bunnell, Dayton, Ohio. 



Prayer is a first thing. Lift your 
hands to heaven in the morning, and 
you may fold them in peace at night. 



$12.75 



The secret of power in service is to 
find out what God is trying to do and 
then put our whole strength into that. 
Are we ready? — C. C. Albertson. 



Workers' Exchange 



DAYTON, OHIO 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New 
Year to all the sisters of the Woman's 
Missionary Society, at home and 
abroad. 

With the Christmas season so near 
I thought you might like to know how 
we conducted our Christmas program. 
We had our regular business meeting 
and then had scripture and prayer, 
closing by singing several songs in 
keeping with the Christmas spirit. We 
are meeting our goals and gaining in 
membership as well as in attendance. 

Invitations were mailed to all ladies 
of the church, inviting them to our 
Christmas party. The leader, Mrs. 
Ruth Philips, had a very fine program 
arranged in keeping with the outlined 
program on the subject, "When the 
Savior Came." This was divided into 
four parts. Eight W. M. S. ladies made 
up the choir and two were the angels 
who read verses of scripture pertain- 
ing to the prophecies of Jesus' birth, 
his coming, his suffering on the cross 
for your sins and mine. Then she por- 
trayed the idea "To Save from Dark- 
ness and Bring Light." The choir sang, 
"The Joyous Good Tidings," and the 




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angels read the scriptures from both 
the Old and New Testaments. The 
next theme portrayed was, "To save 
from Fear and Bring Joy." The choir 
sang, "Rejoice, Rejoice, Now Breaks 
the Morn." And the angels again 
brought the scripture. Mrs. Philips and 
Mrs Yingling sang a very beautiful 
Christmas carol. The third theme was, 
"To Save from Sin and Bring Right- 
eousness and Peace." The choir sang, 
"Fear Not, said the Angel" and the 
scriptural response followed. A violin 
solo, "March of the Magi," was played 
by Mary Kathryn Yount, with Mrs. 
Ruth Philips at the piano. The fourth 
theme was, "To Save from Death and 
Bring Life." The choir sang, "Earth's 
Blessed Prince of Peace." And the an- 
gels concluded their scriptural quota- 
tions with Romans 6:23, "The gift of 
God is eternal life through Christ Je- 
sus, our Lord." The meeting was 
brought to a close with the singing of 
a beautiful duet by Mrs. Philips and 
Mrs. Yingling, with Mary Kathryn 
Yount at the piano. 

The eighty ladies present joined in 
praying the W. M. S. benediction. Re- 
freshments were served by the hostess, 
Mrs. Abbott and the officers. 
Yours in His Name, 

Mrs. Laura M. Prevo, Cor. Sec'y 



WARSAW, INDIANA 

The Woman's Missionary Society of 
the Warsaw Brethren Church has just 
enjoyed such a wonderful cooperative 
meeting with the ladies of the Dutch- 
town W. M. S. that we feel as if we 
wish to express our thoughts in such 
a way that other societies may know 
what a treat we have had. Now to let 
you know what this big day really was. 
The "Congo Women" brought it all 
about. 

The Warsaw Society decided to have 
their Mission Study Class convene on 
Wednesday, November 18th, and to 
make a real day of it by asking our 
very dear friends and neighbors of 
Dutchtown to come join us. They very 
graciously accepted our invitation, and 
so a plan was worked out by our Chair- 
man for the day, Mrs. C. H. Bennett, 
and this was the result. 

We gathered at the church at 9:30 
a. m. Our meeting was opened vfith a. 
song and devotions led by the Dutch- 
town ladies. Three of the six chapters 
of the Mission Study book, "Congo 
Crosses" were discussed in the fore- 
noon; the remaining three in. the after- 
noon. These chapters were equally di- 
vided between the two societies and 
were given in a very interesting man- 
ner by each lady who presented them. 
During the morning hour a special mu- 
sical number consisting of a trio, was 
furnished by the Warsaw ladies. Clos- 
ing the morning session with prayer 
we then went to the basement to par- 
take of a most wonderful picnic dinner, 
served at tables beautifully decorated 
in Purple and White. There were for- 
ty-one present at this noon hour, more 



coming in however for the afternoon 
service. 

We reconvened in the auditorium at 
1 :30 and opened our afternoon session 
with devotions led by one from the 
Warsaw Society. Special numbers pre- 
sented during the afternoon were, a 
duet and an accordion solo from Dutch- 
town and a reading and a trio from 
Warsaw. The closing talk was given 
by our pastor's wife, Mrs. L. E. Lin- 
dower, who gave us a most interesting 
account of the missionary work done 
by our own missionaries on the African 
field. Mrs. William Overholser, wife of 
the Dutchtown pastor, dismissed the 
meeting with prayer. 

As we each one went our seperate 
ways we all were of one opinion, that 
it had proved to be a most profitable 
and enjoyable day. 

Mrs. Albert G. Hartman, Cor. Sec'y 



The Mission Study book, "Toward a i 
Christian America," was read during jl 
the meetings. We used three chapters ' 
at each meeting until the book was 
finished. 

Special recognition was given to 
members that read the Bible Readings 1 
as given in the Outlook. We desire 
that every member faithfully read her 
Bible every day, not for recognition 
here, but for the recognition that is 
in store for the faithful. 

We ask an interest in the prayers 
of all Christian women that we may 
grow spiritually and numerically ami 
that we may be of greater service to 
our Lord. i 

Mrs. Ralph Nicholson, Cor. Sec'y 



SUMMIT MILLS, PA. 

Since we have written our last letter 
we have been faithfully working to 
make this year a better year than the 
one just past. With the help of our 
Heavenly Father we hope to attain the 
goals this year. 

We had our twelve regular meetings 
with a good attendance at each. We 
were happy to welcome three new 
members into our ranks during the 
year, especially since one of them was 
our pastor's wife, Mrs. Florence Lo- 
renz, who is a great spiritual help to 
our society. 



SUNNYSIDE, WASHINGTON 

Perhaps some of you might be in-j 
terested to hear what we have been 
doing for the Master in this section oj 
his vineyard. 

We held eleven regular meetings il 
the various homes during the year. W( 
also entertained the Harrah W. M. S 
in May with ninety persons present. In 
June a Mother and Daughter meeting 
was held at which ninety women and 
girls were present. We held a public 
service on one Sunday evening during 
the year. 

Our average attendance is twenty- 
one. We canned a quantity of fruit foi 
the Washington Children's Home at Se- 
attle. We have made several quilts foi 



Program of Progress 



SEPTEMBER 
"MYSELF FOR THE LORD" 

1. Prayer Band revised using covenant 
cards. 

2. Tithing Instruction with increase in 
Tither's League. 

OCTOBER 

"OUR CHILDREN FOR THE 

LORD" 

1. The need of Family Altars definitely 
stressed. 

2. Regular Missionary Instruction for 
children planned. 

NOVEMBER 
"OTHERS FOR THE LORD" 

1. A study in Personal Evangelism. 

2. Special Intercessory Prayer for Soul- 
Winning. 

DECEMBER 
"OUR BENEVOLENCES" 
1. A gift to some Brethren work in the 
Homeland. 

JANUARY 
"PRESENTING OUR WORK" 

1. A Public Service and Offering for 
the Seminary. 

2. National Apportionment paid. 

FEBRUARY 
"OUR MISSIONS" 
1. A Mission Study Class of 25 per cent 
of the members. 



MARCH 
"FRUIT FOR THE WORK" 
1. A membership drive with a net in 
crease in membership. 
APRIL 
"DISTRICT OBLIGATIONS" 

1. Mission Support of $1.00 per mem^ 
ber paid to the District Secretary. 

2. District dues paid. 

MAY 

"OUR WOMEN AND GIRLS" 

1. A Fellowship Meeting of all womei 

and girls of the church. 

JUNE 

"OUR SACRIFICE" 

1. A month of Self Denial. 

JULY 

"BLESSINGS FROM THE 

LORD" 

1. Thank-Off ering from 80 per cent ol 
membership to be sent to National 
Conference. 

2. National Apportionment paid. 

AUGUST 

"OUR BIBLE" 

1. The required Bible Reading comple 

ted by 40 per cent of membership. 



At your February meeting make i 
complete check of these goals to se( 
how your society stands. 



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needy families. We are now looking 
forward to having a large part in fur- 
nishing the new basement which the 
men are now finishing beneath the 
church building. 

In all things our first aim is to glo- 
rify our Lord and to point sinners to 
"the Lamb of God that taketh away the 
sins of the world." 

Pray that we may all keep our eyes 
more and more on him, as the end 
draws nigh. 

Mrs. Noah Miller, Cor. Sec'y 



CONEMAUGH, PA. 
JUNIOR W. M. S. No. 1 
Dear Women of W. M. S. 

Perhaps a little review of our past 
would be of interest to you. When the 
Conemaugh Junior W. M. S. organized, 
they had ten charter members. The 
Lord certainly can be praised for an- 
swered prayer, for we now have 18 and 
some very promising prospects. 

We were blessed at one meeting by 
the presence of Mrs. Kennedy and her 
inspiring message "We must needs go 
through Samaria." 

During the past year Rev. A. V. 
Kimmel conducted our personal evan- 
gelism study while holding our revival. 
All received great spiritual blessing 
from this study. 

Mrs. Floyd Seibert was the speaker 
at our public meeting. 

Our Mother and Daughter meeting, 
a time for Christian fellowship, is al- 
ways well attended for we have two 
Sisterhoods, two Junior Missionary So- 
cieties and our Loyal Sr. W. M. S. 
Many will come and visit but "just 
won't join tonight," so we still have 
a working field and covet your pray- 
ers for Christ's sake. 

In August we entertained the Vinco 
Society having our meeting at a mem- 
ber's cottage near Vinco. The Vinco 
Society had just been organized a 
short time before, and we were glad to 
fellowship with them. 

We have "secret sisters" in our so- 
ciety. It is always fun to get a gift 
when you are least expecting it or a 
cheery greeting via post-man from a 
secret sister in Christ. 

Everyone knows how good good pies 
are! We all had at least one jolly sur- 
prise when we received a pie for our 
dinner. The "Pie Circle," as it was 
called, insured many a brother an un- 
expected dessert. Naturally all were 
a quarters worth thankful. The quar- 
ter going in a nice tin can and the 
money going for the Brethren Home 
refrigerator. 

Two of our members, our Secretary 
and Corresponding Secretary, were 
privileged and delegated to attend Na- 
tional Conference, and all our State 
Conference at Conemaugh. 

Our present officers and their- ad- 
dresses are: 

President — Miss Wilda Page, 312 
Main St., Cgh. 

Vice-President — Mrs. Roy Aurandt, 
Conemaugh, Pa., R. D, 1. 



Secretary — Mrs. Marlie Rodgers, 
258 First St., Conemaugh. 

Treasurer — Mrs. Elmer Gillen, Park 
Hill, Pa. 

Cor. Secretary — Mrs. Walter Wertz, 
412 Oak St., Conemaugh. 



Believing Romans 8:28 and praying 
for a more spirit-filled, larger Wom- 
an's Missionary Society, 

Yours in His service, 

Mrs. Walter C. Wertz 



W. M. S. Useful Information 



NATIONAL W. M. S. OFFICERS 

President— Mrs. U. J. Shively, 301 W. 
Market St., Nappanee, Indiana. 

First Vice President— Mrs. S. M. Whet- 
stone, 207 North Second St., Goshen, 
Indiana. 

Second Vice President — Mrs. F. B. 
Frank, 7434 Rockwell Ave., Philadel- 
phia, Pa. 

General Secretary — Mrs Gertrude 
Leedy Briscoe, % Mrs. Nondas Park- 
er, Okeechobee, Florida. 

Financial Secretary — Mrs. N. G. Kim- 
mel, Rt. 2, West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Treasurer — Mrs. M. A. Stuckey, 1111 
King Road, Ashland, Ohio. 

Literature Secretary — Mrs. D. A. C. 
Teeter, 3846 Monroe St., Chicago, 
Illinois. 

Outlook Editors — Mrs. F. C. Vanator, 
820 South St., Fremont, Ohio; 
Miss Bernice Berkheiser, Mexico, Ind. 

Outlook Business Manager — Mrs. Ira 
D. Slotter, 44 West Third St., Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 
Pennsylvania 
President— Mrs. D. C. White, Mt. Pleas- 
ant. 
Vice President — Mrs. F. J. Sibert, 

Masontown. 
Secretary - Treasurer — Mrs. W. H. 
Schaffer Jr., 115 Oak St., Conemaugh. 

Ohio 

President— Mrs. A. E. Whitted, 1033 
East Main St., Louisville. 

Vice President — Mrs. Raymond Ging- 
rich, Ellet. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Emma 
Kimmel, 223 S. Beech St., Bryan. 

Mid-West 

President — Mrs. L. G. Wood, 615 Low- 
man St., Fort Scott, Kansas. 

Vice-President — Mrs. L. A. Myers, Mor- 
rill, Kansas. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Ella Noyes, 
1307 Lane St., Falls City, Nebraska. 

Indiana 
President — Mrs. Clyde Rager, Roann. 
Vice President — Mrs. C. H. Bennett, 

2016 East Market St., Warsaw. 
Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. F. Emerson 

Reed, 210 Ingalls St., Ann Arbor, 

Michigan. 

Southeastern 

President — Mrs. Geo. M. Simpson, Oak 
Hill, West Virginia. 

Vice President — Mrs. J. R. Laughlin, 
143 King St., Hagerstown, Maryland. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. H. E. Bow- 
man, Harrisonburg, Virginia. 



Northwestern 

President — Mrs. W. Stover, Wapato, 
Washington. 

Vice President — Mrs. Don Hadley, 
Wapato, Washington. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. F. H. Stiv- 
ers, 227 East Princeton Ave., Spo- 
kane, Washington. 

Parlimentarian — Mrs. J. E. Allen, 1327 
West Alice Ave., Spokane, Wash. 

Illiokota 

President — Mrs. Wm. Gray, Garwin, la. 

Vice President — Mrs. Miller, Lanark, 
Illinois. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Dale Camp- 
bell, Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Southern California 
President — Mrs. W. A. Ogden, 217 

East 42nd St., Los Angeles. 
Vice President— Mrs. Harry Good, 325 

San Bernardino Ave., Pomona. 
Secretary — Mrs. Ray Runyon, 1427 E. 

59th St., Los Angeles. 
Treasurer — Mrs. Beatrice B. Stern- 

guist, 8556 Commercial Place, South 

Gate. 



General Information 
Send to Mrs. N. G. Kimmel, Rt. 2, 
West Alexandria, Ohio. 

1. National Apportionment of $1.50 
per member, payable 75 cents in 
January and 75 cents in July. 

2. Offerings for the Seminary. 

3. Thank offerings which are not 
taken to National Conference. 



Send to Mrs. F. C. Vanator, 820 South 
St., Fremont, Ohio. 
1. All material for publication in the 

W. M. S. Department of the church 

paper. 



Send to Mrs. Ira D. Slotter, 44 West 
Third Street, Ashland, Ohio 
1. All Outlook (W. M. S. Magazine) 
subscriptions. Note: Each Society 
MUST REVISE their subscription 
list and send in complete revision 
once each year. 



Send to Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter, 3846 
Monroe St., Chicago, Illinois. 
1. All orders for books and literature. 



Send to your W. M. S. District Secre- 
tary 

1. Your District Dues. 

2. Your District Missionary Support 
of $1.00 per member. 



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Do God's Will 



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Sisterhood and Fellowship 



Mrs. F. B. Frank 



In The January Issue of our "Outlook" this 
year, a page was printed about our "Five Year" pro- 
gram and at he top of the page these words, "Are 
you climbing with us?" As you will recall our first 
step upward was "God's Word," then "Prayer" then 
"Stewardship" and now our fourth step "Fellow- 
ship." I wonder how many of us are really climbing 
— how many are stepping up in their Spiritual 
growth and experience as we study and work togeth- 
er year after year in our Sisterhood. If God's Word, 
Prayer and Stewardship 
have become a part of our 
lives and experience and 
we now learn real "fellow- 
ship" with one another and 
with Him, then shall we 
really be sisters of "Mary 
and Martha." 

"If we walk in the light 
as He is in the light, we 
have fellowship one with 
another — and truly our 
fellowship is with the Fa- 
ther and with His Son, Je- 
sus Christ." "Fellowship 
one with another." Do we 
as Sisterhood girls realize 
how our lives are influenced as we fellowship one 
with another? God's Word tells us that "evil com- 
panions corrupt good morals," but just as truly god- 
ly companions make our lives richer and better. One 
said of a godly minister, "you only need to shake his 
hand to feel that he was filled with the Holy Spirit." 
Many of us know people who have a strange influ- 
ence over us for good. To be in their presence for an 
hour lifts us into another atmosphere and makes us 
want to live a better life. One of the finest tests of 
Christian character is the effect a life has on other 
lives. Some make us desire to be gentle, kind, 
thoughtful, others make us bitter, resentful. The 
Sisterhood girl should seek to be so filled with spir- 
itual influence that all her words, her life and con- 




Mrs. F. B. Frank 



duct shall be Christ-like. Our fellowship one with 
another should lead us to daily pray 

May every soul that touches mine 

Be it the slightest contact, get therefore some good. 

Some little gTace, one kindly thought, 

One inspiration yet ur.felt, one bit of courage 

For the darkening sky, one gleam of faith 

To brave the thickening ills of life. 

One glimpse of brighter skies beyond the gathering mists. 

To make this life worth while 

And heaven a surer heritage. 

The Apostle Paul wrote of certain friends whom 
he hoped to visit, "I long to see you that I may im- 
part unto you some spiritual gifts." If this were al- 
ways our desire when we fellowship one with an- 
other what blessings would we carry in our friend- 
ships wherever we go. We are not aware in how 
large a measure God sends spiritual gifts to girls ^ 
through other girls. May our fellowship one with i 
another this year develop us into strong Christian i 
Sisterhood girls influencing many other girls to give ■ 
their lives completely to our Lord and Savior Jesus J 
Christ. 

"Fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus -j 
Christ." It seems the Lord Jesus as soon as He had 
come into Martha's house, even before He had dined, 
began at once to teach the Word of God. He always 
made teaching and preaching His principal care and 
business. Jesus sat down and Mary took her place at 
His feet. The place at Jesus' feet was the place of 
the scholar and learner, and it was also the place of 
humility. She was ready to receive His word and to 
submit to its guidance and direction. To learn from 
Jesus is the best thing in all this world. Mary sat at 
Jesus' feet and heard His Word. She embraced her 
present opportunity to receive Divine enlightenment 
and instruction, and with readiness of mind drank in 
the words which fell from the lips of Jesus. She did 
not only hear the words of Jesus, but she really 
hearkened unto them. And what deep lessons she 
learned ! 

I like the sentence in our Covenant Candle-light 
Service which says — "I light this candle of gold for 
the sisters of Mary who find precious fellowship 



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with Jesus." 'Candle of gold" — typical of the words 
of Jesus as He said "Mary hath chosen that good 
part which shall not be taken from her." It shall 
never be taken away from her because it is eternal 
in its very nature. Service such as God's people 
render to Christ now, will end in Glory, but com- 
munion with Christ shall never end. We see that 
Mary made choice of the good part, it did not come 
to her by chance or as a matter of luck. Nay, she 
made choice of it, because she purposed in her heart 
she would have it. The best things from God come 



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to God's people as a result of deliberate, intelligent 
and earnest choice. Those who choose this good part, 
will not only have what they choose but shall also 
have their choice commended by the Lord at the 
judgment seat of Christ. 

May we today in fellowship with Him through His 
Word learn the lessons He has for each one of us. 

Friendship witli Jesus 
Fellowship Divine, 
0, what blessed sweet communion 
Jesus is a Friend of mine. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 



Senior Devolional Program 



Topic for February — Congo Crosses, Chapter 4. 



Hymn: In My Heart There Rings a Melody. 

I have a song that Jesus gave me, 
It was sent from heav'n above; 

There never was a sweeter melody, 
'Tis a melody of love. 

Chorus : 

In my heart there rings a melody, 
There rings a melody with heaven's harmony; 
In my heart there rings a melody; 
There rings a melody of love. 

I love the Christ who died on Calv'ry, 
For He washed my sins away; 

He put within my heart a melody, 
And I know it's there to stay. 

'Twill be my endless theme in glory, 

With the angels I will sing; 
'Twill be a song with glorious harmony. 

When the courts of heaven ring. 



Scripture Lesson : 
Meditation : 



Romans 5:1-8. 



Keep me from pettiness, Lord, I pray. 
Let me be large in thought ; take Thou away 
Self-seeking, defending; I humbly ask 
Grace to grow calm, so to meet every task; 
Self-pity, pretext, all these let me spurn; 
Done with all fault-finding, yet may I learn 
Alwavs the best in all others find, 
And, in my judgments, Lord, make me kind. 

Hymn : Since Jesus Came Into My Heart. 

What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought 

Since Jesus came into my heart! 
I have light in my soul for which long I had sought, 

Since Jesus came into my heart! 

Chorus: 

Since Jesus came into my heart, 

Since Jesus came into my heart, 

Floods of joy o'er my soul 

Like the sea billows roll, 

Since Jesus came into my heart. 

I'm possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure, 
Since Jesus came into my heart ! 



And my sins which were many, are all washed away. 
Since Jesus came into my heart! 

I shall go there to dwell in that City, I know, 

Since Jesus came into my heart! 
And I'm happy, so happy, as onward I go, 

Since Jesus came into my heart! 

PRAYER: Thank God for the gift of His Son Jesus 
Christ, and for the church where we may worship 
and have fellowship with Him and Christian fel- 
lowship with each other ; thank Him for every op- 
portunity that He has given you to serve Him in a 
very special way; pray for your own church, its 
leaders, and members; pray for your pastor that 
He may lead at all times within the will of God; 
ask Him to help us to see the part we have in 
building His church. 

Topic: Sisterhood and Fellowship. 

Report on Mission Home: Base report on the 
Mission Home column and also the topic by Mrs. 
Taber on "What the Mission Home Means to Me." 

Topic: Mission Study — "Congo Crosses." 

CHAPTER IV 

"The Cross Within The Heart" 
Poster : Upon a piece of heavy white paper or card- 
board (15"x20") as a background, place a map of 
Africa made of black construction paper thereon. 
At the top in white pencil or ink write "The Cross 
Within the Heart." In the center of the black 
map place a heart (made of white paper) which 
has been outlined in black. Upon the center of the 
heart place a black cross similar to the one found 
on page 122 of the textbook. At the left of the 
black map, place in black writing : 

COME TO THE BRIDE PALAVER. 
VILLAGE : (Home of hostess) . 
TIME : (Date and hour) . 
Invitation: Make small white hearts similar to that 



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on the poster. On the inside "You are invited to 
the African bride palaver at the (hostess' name) 

village, at o'clock. (date). 

Recreation : WILD ANIMAL HUNT : Divide the 
group into tribes such as: Bulus, Bantus, Zulus, 
Hottentots, or others. Then at the signal allow the 
tribes to search the room for animal crackers 
which have been previously hidden therein. The 
tribe finding the most crackers is given a peanut 
apiece. Inside the peanut of one of the members 
is the suggestion for the next game. This peanut 
has had the nut removed, and a piece of paper in- 
serted. The group is told to go into another room 
where there is a large frame covered with muslin. 
On this muslin appear holes resembling animals 
such as the lion, elephant, tiger, monkey, hippo- 
potamus, and crocodile. The tribes are given pea- 
nuts, and each is given the opportunity of throw- 
ing her peanuts through the holes in the muslin. 
Each hole has its respective points. The tribe get- 
ting the most points gets little red ribbon bows. 
In "The Call Drum Game" each tribe forms a cir- 



cle, and a pan is placed in the middle of the floor 
with a stick nearby. When the one who is IT 
gives the pan a resounding blow, the hands of the 
tribes must go over the head ; on two blows, they 
must bend to the floor; on three blows hands go 
out in front of them ! on a rat-tat-tat, rat-tat-tat- 
or double, they must turn around. If anyone fails 
to obey the message of the call drum, she in turn 
is IT. The game should be played as fast as pos- 
sible. 

Refreshments: Hot chocolate and cocoanut cookies. 

Chorus : Into My Heart. 

Topic : That I May Know Him. 

Business: Check on Bible Reading; Report of 
Stewardship Secretary ; remind of thank offering 
which will be received in April ; have you done 
your best for the Mission Home fund? have you 
planned for the membership project? are you 
stressing fellowship this year along with steward- 
ship? 

Sisterhood Benediction : Psalm 145:1,2. 



"That I May Know Hi 



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Floyd Taber 



In The Few Words chosen as our topic, the 
Apostle Paul sums up the most valuable thing — 
nay, the only thing of any value — in the Christian 
life. 

May we be permitted, without irreverence, to im- 
agine how Paul might have written this third chap- 
ter of Philippians had he been a member of the 
Brethren Church in the twentieth century? 

"If any man seem to have reason for boasting of 
his Brethren ancestry and strict faithfulness to the 
church ordinances, I yet more: baptized by trine 
immersion, of good old Pennsylvania stock, descen- 
ded from a line of Dunkards reaching back to the 
time of Alexander Mack ; in doctrine, a fighting fun- 
damentalist; in zeal, a great evangelist and soul 
winner; according to the highest moral and religious 
standards, blameless. But these things that I used 
to consider profitable, I count now to be pure loss, 
as over against Christ; indeed I count them only as 
obstacles that stood in the way of the far more ex- 
cellent knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, for 
whom I have sacrificed not only these things, but 
everything else that men count of value, and look 
on it all as worthless refuse, in order. . . .THAT I 
MAY KNOW HIM." 

What then was the nature of this knowledge that 
Paul considered the one thing worth while in his 
life? 



At its base there was a knowledge of the facts oi 
the Gospel— the hfe, teaching, death and resurreo 
tion of Christ. Even before his conversion, Saul wai 
certainly well acquainted with the movement he was 
persecuting; and afterward he learned everything 
he could about the earthy ministry of his Lord. But 
this kind of knowledge was not enough. 

On the road to Damascus he got something more 
— a vision of the risen glorified Christ, that com- 
pletely revolutionized his life. But this still was not 
enough. 

Out in the Arabian, desert the Lord gave to Paul 
the great New Testament doctrines, the most pro- 
found truths ever revealed to a man. Later Paul 
was caught up into the third heaven, where he heard 
unspeakable words, that it is not lawful for a man 
to utter — revelation so far beyond our capacity to 
receive that it would have been useless ?nd even 
harmful to put it in the New Testament. But all 
this was not enough to satisfy Paul; indeed it just 
sufficed to arouse his hunger for a deeper know- 
ledge. 

But what further knowledge could there be? How 
could he come to know his Lord any better? There 
was only one way, by entering into and sharing his 
Lord's experiences. 

So Paul tells us he longed to experience the power 



January 9, 1937 



of His resurrection and the fellowship of His suffer- 
ings. It is not the first time he had written of our 
association with Christ in His death, burial and res- 
iurrection. Romans 6, Galatians 2 :20, and Ephesians 
|l:18-2:6 help us to understand what he means here. 
I Paul had probably entered more deeply in this 
fellowship with Christ in His sufferings and resur- 
rection power than, any other Christian before or 
since. But so far from satisfying him, this expe- 
frience just sufficed to awake in Paul the central pas- 
sion of his life — that he might know Him better. 
We can fairly feel his heart throb as he cries: I 
tiave sacrificed everything men count of value, and 
consider it all as filth, that I may know Him, and 
the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of 
His sufferings, dying His death on the cross, if by 
any means I might attain unto the new resurrec- 
tion life; not that I have already attained, or am 
already perfect; but I press on, stretching forth. 



one thing I do, I press toward the mark, THAT I 
MAY KNOW HIM." 

What a slap in the face at our smug self-com- 
placency, when we imagine ourselves already per- 
fect! What a challenge to our lukewarmness, when 
we are satisfied with our own mediocre Christian 
experience, on the excuse that perfection is not of 
this world! 

Paul says, "Be ye imitators of me." As such, we 
will recognize the fathomless gulf that separates our 
Christian living from God's standard of perfection 
and the utter impossibility of ever bridging that 
chasm : yet we will never lower our eyes to an easier, 
attainable goal ; but we will "press toward the mark" 
with every nerve and sinew, our heart breaking at 
every failure — and that very heart-break will be a 
fellowship in His sufferings, a stepping stone to- 
ward the goal— THAT I MAY KNOW HIM. 
Long Beach, Calif. 



Camp Fire Along the Creek 

Lyda Carter 



Shy Little Susie lived at the head of the Creek, 
two miles from the river. The house was completely 
surrounded by hills except for the narrow bed of 
the creek and a narrow sled road that ran beside the 
creek. No other house was in sight. Across the 
creek from the house was a little, low bam full of 
cracks. Behind the barn rose a thickly wooded hill 
where the children loved to roam. In a small plot 
near the house was the well-tended vegetable gar- 
den. The stick beans were climbing high on the corn 
near which they were planted. Other corn patches 
extended from the garden high upon the hillside. 
Our first glimpse of Susie was on wash day. Her 
mother had built a fire by the creek, and was wash- 
ing there where water was handy. Susie missed 
school, always, when mother washed, and took care 
of the baby for her. On this morning she stood, 
barefooted, her neatly braided flaxen hair tied up 
behind by white strips of cloth. In her arms was 
the baby, far too heavy for one of her size to be 
carrying about. Just then a pleasant looking lady 
appeared coming toward the house. The child's 
first impulse was to run, but recognizing the strang- 
er as the teacher of the new Sunday School lately 
started at the school house, she held her ground. 

The lady smiled, and giving Susie the prettiest 
little red book she had ever seen, ((it said "St. 
John," on the outside) asked her to go to Sunday 
School. The following Sunday, some forty minutes 
ahead of time, found Susie at the school house in 
her best print dress carefully starched and ironed. 



the red book in her hand. Such a glowing account 
as she did give her mother that afternoon of songs 
and verses and the lesson story ! Nothing that hap- 
pened escaped her attention or interest. Her progress 
in the creek Sunday School became so marked that 
the teacher asked her to go to the Mission, Board- 
ing school three miles away. It took a long time to 
get everything planned because Susie's father would- 
n't work much, and her mother needed most of her 
money to buy clothes for the other children. But 
finally the school agreed to take beans and potatoes 
and apples as pay for her board and tuition. So Su- 
sie entered the boarding school. 

It was here that she accepted Jesus as her Savior 
and learned to pray, and to seek to obey God in all 
things. But discouraging times came. Often a dis- 
satisfied child would quit school and go home. Re- 
peatedly Susie was tempted to do this very thing, 
but she knew this wouldn't please Christ. With 
God's help and her teachers' she learned not only 
the lesson of trust, but also of being stedfast, and 
stayed there until she finished school. Today she 
is teaching school in the very school house where 
she first attended Sunday School, and is carrying 
on the same Sunday School that the teacher of long 
ago started. Through her faithful work others have 
been led to Christ even as she was then. 
Krypton, Ky. 



Write it on your heart that every day is the best 
day in the year. — EMERSON. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Tithi 



ns 



Vivian Brown 



Tithing Has Been Explained and told about in 
many ways, but I am going to tell you just what 
titiiing means to me, how I do my tithing, and why. 
In the first place tithing is of course giving one- 
tenth of our earnings to the Lord. The best way to 
do this is to put one tenth aside each week, but if 
the case is, as mine happens to be, that each week 
does not find a definite sum in your possession, then 
tithing in this manner is impossible. I do not think 
the Lord cares just how we manage to give Him 
our tithe, just so we do it in the right spirit, and 
in a cheerful manner. 

When I decided to tithe, my income was practi- 
cally nothing — a little bit now and then with usually 
many places to put each bit, but I started by tithing 
my pennies into a small bank, and in time those 
pennies became dimes, which seemed much nicer 
to give to the Lord. The money didn't go in each 
week, for some weeks there was none, but when I 
did have some the tenth came out of it. 

Then a year ago I began earning some, and though 
it really wasn't a large 
sum, for it was earned 
as I lay in bed, still it 
seemed wonderful to me 
to be able to tithe in a 
bigger way than former- 
ly. But even then some 
weeks found me with no 
money, so I decided to 
keep an account of all 
that I received through 
a month and at the be- 
ginning of the next 
month the tithe went in. 
It varied greatly, for 
some weeks I was unable 
to earn any, but I am 
sure God does not care 
about the amount we 
give if we give His share 
freely and willingly. The 
widow's mite was re- 
ceived with a blessing on 
her so why not our bits 
now? That our bit is 
very small does not mat- 
ter, for every tithe is 
equal in God's sight. 

■Tithing has meant to 






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me that even though I am unable to actively worF 
for God, that I can help with my small tenth. He 
has made it possible for me to earn a little while in 
bed, so if he gives me nine tenths to use myself, 
then I willingly give Him the other tenth. 

There were years in which I should have tithed, 
but didn't consider it seriously and didn't think my 
share would do any good as it was so small. But 
lying in bed month in and month out gives you 
much time for thought and I began to consider the 
tithing question as one way for me to work for the 
Lord. 

I know most of us will wonder just what we gain 
from tithing — how we know we receive a blessing 
for it. About the best blessing we can receive is a 
feeling of peace and satisfaction in our hearts. Did 
you ever give a gift to a friend and experience a 
happy feeling at that friend's pleasure in your gift? 
If you have, then you should know what your re- 
action to tithing will be. But you aren't giving God 
a gift — you are merely returning to His use one 
tenth of what already be- 
longs to Him. But the 
pleasure you will get!' 
from giving the gift to 
the Lord will be far 
greater than giving a 
gift to a personal friend. 
We are blessed with 
gifts every day from our 
Lord. If it isn't wealth 
in the sense of money, it 
is the wealth of the bet- 
ter things of life. Per- 
haps it isn't even health, 
but I know every one of 
us is given much more in 
exchange for our tenth 
than we ever deserve. 
Try tithing for one 
month, figure what you 
gave the Lord, then 
count the multitude of 
blessings he bestowed on 
you during that month 
and I'm sure you will 
find that tithing is a 
wonderful way of show- 
ing our love and appreci- 
ation to God. 



God's Love 

Jo L. Morris 

Life is full of beauty 

With pleasures rich and rare; 
You can't he sad, life isn't bad, 

When God is everywhere. 

Although the heart be heavy 

And the days seem long and drear; 

Just lift your head toward heaven, 
For God is always near. 

When friends seem to have failed you 
And you get somewhat blue; 

Keep courage strong, press right along, 
For God is watching you. 

You cannot hide the sin you do 

But go to God in prayer; 
Admit all sin, let Him come in. 

You'll find Him waiting there. 

With God in Heaven guiding you 
Life's road is filled with cheer; 

Oh God, may others learn to know. 
That Thou art always near. 

Clay City S. M. M. 



Jammry 9, 1937 

Every Sisterhood girl knows the wonderful good 
done with the Lord's money and we should everyone 
be willing and eager to tithe. It was taught by 
Christ as the right thing to do, and we believe the 
teachings of Christ to be the door to happiness and 
peace, so I am sure every girl will find this a splen- 
did way to do. 

I have found my own life has been happier and 
I've been able to bear the trials of life much easier 



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since I put tithing into my life. I am positive that 
every person who tries this will find it is true in 
their own lives too. If you cannot take Christ's 
word for it, try it and prove to yourself the bless- 
ings of tithing. 

(Editor's Note: Vivian is a member of the Waterloo, Iowa, 
Senior S. M. M. and is an invalid, but prepared and dictated 
this paper. She is now bedfast. If tithing means so much to 
her, what should it mean to j/s/ — B. E. B.). 

Waterloo, Iowa. 



Junior Devolional Program 



Topic for February: Camp Fires in the Congo, Chapter 4 



3ymn : Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us. 

Savior like a shepherd lead us, 

Much we need Thy tender care; 
In Thy pleasant pastures feed us, 

For our use Thy folds prepare : 
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, 

Thou hast bought us. Thine we are; 
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, 

Thou hast bought us. Thine we are. 

Early let us seek Thy favor; 

Early let us do Thy will; 
Blessed Lord and only Savior, 

With Thy love our bosoms fill : 
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, 

Thou hast loved us, love us still; 
Blessed Jesus, Blessed Jesus, 

Thou hast loved us, love us still. 

iCRiPTUKE Lesson : Acts 9 :3-22. 
lYMN : Wonderful Words of Life. 

Sing them over again to me. 

Wonderful words of Life; 
Let me more of their beauty see. 

Wonderful words of Life. 
Words of life and beauty. 
Teach me faith and duty: 
Beautiful words, wonderful words, 

Wonderful words of Life. 

Christ the Blessed One, gives to all. 

Wonderful words of Life; 
Sinner, list to the loving call. 

Wonderful words of Life. 
All so freely given. 
Wooing us to heaven: 
Beautiful words, wonderful words, 

Wonderful words of Life. 

Sweet echo the gospel call. 

Wonderful words of Life; 
Offer pardon and peace to all. 

Wonderful words of Life. 
Jesus only Savior, 
Sanctify forever: 
Beautiful words, wonderful words. 

Wonderful words of Life. 

RAYER : Thank God for the missionaries who have 
gone to many lands, and pray that they may be 
kept from harm and danger to tell many 
boys and girls of Jesus; thank God for the 
Lord Jesus and His love for us, and also for His 



Word which we can read in our Bibles so that we 
may learn and know of Him and what He would 
have us to do for Him ; ask God to help the boys 
and girls of African villages to learn to love Him 
and to be true to Him ; pray for our little girls in 
South America that they too may love and serve 
Him. 

Topic : Life of Mary Slessor— Part III. 

Special Number: When He Cometh. 

Mission Study : Chapter IV. Thrilling Experiences 
and Wonderful Sights. 

Business : Remember the Bible reading ; remember 
that your Thankof f ering boxes are due in April ; 
have you done your best in pledging to the Mis- 
sion Home? Have you had a bandage rolling? 

Benediction : Psalm 145 :1, 2. 

SUGGESTIONS FOR MISSION STUDY 

1. You might have someone impersonating Chama 
tell why and how the trip was made from Kambove 
to Lubumbashi. There could be five or six other per- 
sons sitting in a circle and tell what the mission 
there did to change them. 

2. This trip might be enacted and carried out as 
suggested in last month's paper in connection with 
Chapter 3, and used just as a continuation of the 
other trip. It may be dramatized with paper dolls, 
paper animals, and a toy train running on wire 
tracks across the floor, green paper for fields, and 
tin and zinc articles to be exhibited at Broken Hill. 
The train should stop at labelled stations, placed as 
accurately as possible, after consulting a map of 
Africa. 



"To forget the things that are behind does not 
mean that there was so suggestion in them for 
things yet to be done." 



Church pews never skid into a ditch, smash 
against a telephone pole, or get tagged for speeding. 

— Selected. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



The Life of Mary Slessor-Part Thiree 



Jacob Kliever 



Mary's First View of Africa was the large, dark, 
gloomy tropical forest out of which flowed a muddy 
river with alligators and other horrible creatures on 
its banks, and the whir of parrots and the chatter of 
monkeys over-head. This was the land of darkness 
and sin; the land of murders, dreadful secret so- 
cieties, witch-doctors, as well as disease, fever and 
many white graves. 

Then she saw the village come into view and soon 
her feet were on African soil! What did she find 
and do? Her first work was the teaching in day 
school and calling on the homes in the village. She 
also took longer trips accompanied by boys. These 
trips sometimes made it necessary to jump over 
creeks, wade rivers and do hard things. But this did 
not hinder her. When she would come to a new vil- 
lage, the children would run crying, "A white 'Ma' 
is coming," and hide for fear, but the women would 
come out and feel and examine her until the chiefs 
would chase them away with whips. Then she would 
tell them of Jesus and their need of Him as their 
Savior. 

When she was tired after a hard day, she would 
do something that I am sure you never thought that 
a lady missionary would do. She would get away by 
herself and find a nice tall tree, and what do you 
suppose she did then? She would climb it just like 
any boy would have, and sometimes she was so 
busy having a good time that she would miss the eve- 
ning meal. She usually got something to eat how- 
ever. 

Perhaps you would like to know what some of 
Mary's manners and habits were in Africa. She 



was different than many other missionaries. She 
did as much work as a strong woman, but suffered [ 
much from sickness disease and fever. She never ! 
wore a hat, even in the hot sun ; she cut her hair j 
to make it easier to wash, and so that it was less 
work to comb. She very seldom wore shoes or stock- 
ings, even though there were jiggers and snakes in 
the paths. She ate the same food as the natives, and 
was not very careful to eat regularly. Many times 
she lost all track of days, and once she worshipped 
on Monday instead of Sunday, because her days were 
mixed up. She deliberately and willingly gave up 
the things that most people enjoy, so that she could 
accomplish more for her Lord. She feared no dan- 
ger, because she expected the Lord to take care of 

her. 

A strange sickness took Mary after twelve years 
in Africa. She became "Home-sick," and the only 
cure was to go home. While at home she told many 
people of the work in Africa and her desire to go 
to new fields there. After a year at home she re- 
turned and spent another period in Africa. She 
took long trips to other tribes, and suffered much 
from storms, dangers and disease. At the end of 
threie years she was so weak that they did not ex- 
pect she could live and they sent her home to die.^ 
But after a year's rest she was again in Africa, 
ready to take the Gospel into a new and fierce 
tribe. When she left for this tribe, they did not ex- 
pect to see her alive again, because they expected 
these people to kill her, but this did not stop Mary. 
She left for this tribe, and our next story will tell 
of her experiences there. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



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Effective Prayer 



"The most effective way to pray is loving God alone. 

Love lifts us to His presence bright and to His heav'nly throne. 

We need not doubt the power of prayer to reach His throne above. 

When we can simply give to Him ourselves in holy love. 

The most effective sermon preached? The thought of love expressed. 

The strongest temple ever built? Where God is loved the best. 

Who best can preach the word of God? Who gives to love, his all. 

Who best can pray effectively? Who through his love can call. 

The most effective prayer I know is love for God at heart. 

Such love will surely bring reward and give to us our part 

Of all the good love has in store, right at His heav'nly throne, 

When we have learned the simple prayer of loving God alone." 



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January 9, 1937 



What the Mission hlome Means To Me 



Mrs. Floyd Taber 



During Our Stay in France, we became acquaint- 
fed with many missionaries from many fields. 
[Through fellowship and in heart to heart talks with 
them we got an insight into a few of the problems 
3f the home coming missionary. For a great num- 
ber, especially those with families, the foremost 
problem was : where to stay during the rest period 
of the furlough. Some of these had broken home 
ties to heed the Master's call. Others, whose loved 
snes had been called to the heavenly home during 
:heir absence, no longer had the joy of looking for- 
ward to reuniting in the home of their childhood. 

While we know from experience that those who 
jpen their homes and their hearts to these co-la- 
borers from far away lands, are promoted by un- 
feigned love, yet we realize too that in accepting 
their hospitality we are asking a greater sacrifice 
3f them than most folks realize. There must of 
[lecessity be a readjusting of family life and hab- 
its. Often there is a doubling up in order to make 
room for the guests. Where there are children to 
take in, the peace and quiet of the home is, to a 
measure at least, broken. 

The missionary generally comes home tired and 

sometimes broken in health. He does not like to feel 

he is a burden to those who take him in, and yet 

oes not always feel able to fit right into the habits 

nd plans of his kind hosts ; neither can he afford 

pay the rent for a comfortable home. Conse- 

(uently, complete relaxation, the biggest factor in 

■ebuilding a tired body,, becomes a difficult thing. 

f the missionary had a home which he might call 

[lis own where he could enjoy home life, and rest and 

relax as he chose, without feeling he was disturb- 

ng someone or being a burden, it would go a long 



way in refreshing him in body and in spirit for the 
new term. 

As an outgoing missionary, I look upon the Mis- 
sion Home of the S. M. M. as the solution for just 
such problems. We do not know what the Lord has 
in store for us within the coming four or five years. 
But we do know that if He tarries and brings us 
safely home again there will always be some place 
to which we may go and call it home. May God 
bless every Sisterhood girl for the part she has had 
in making this dream come true. 
Long Beach, Calif. 



THROUGH THE DESIRE FOR 
SOMETHING BETTER 

Columbus discovered America. 

Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. 

Elias Howe produc(jd the sewing machine. 

Guglielmo Marconi discovered wireless telegraphy. 

The Wright brothers succeeded in aviation. 

Thomas A. Edison has produced the phonograph 
and other devices. 

Millions of men have been led to seek the true Way 
of Life through Christ. 



GROW OLD WITH ME 
Grow old along with me. 
The best is yet to be. 

The last of life for which the first was made ; 
Our times are in his hand 
Who saith, "A whole I planned. 
Youth shows but half; trust God; see all, nor be 
afraid." 

Robert Browning. 



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On Bended Knee 

j Pray for Sisterhood girls as they 
learn of deeper and closer Fellowship 
Kvith each other and their Savior 
ithrough the step of Fellowship in the 
S. M. M. five year program. 



Pray that the way be made open for 
those whom the Lord has chosen that 
they may go forth to serve Him more 
completely, both at home and abroad. 



Pray for your own church that the 
need for winning others to Christ and 
for growing more Christlike may be 
met, and that you may yield your life 
to Him so that you may be used in 
doing His will. 



Pray for Sisterhood girls who are 
away from your society at school and 
college that they may be true to their 
Sisterhood ideals. Pray for those Sis- 
terhood girls who are attending Ash- 
land College and others who may be 
in preparation for life work in other 
places. 



Pray for the coming Easter offering 
to be taken in our church that we may 
see anew the need and the Lord's com- 
mand unto us. 



Pray God's blessing upon Dr. and 
Mrs. Yoder in their work in South 
America. 



Pray for the new Sisterhoods that 
are being organized and pray that oth- 
ers ■ may see the splendid avenue to 
serve Him through the Sisterhood. 



SJi. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



mission Home Fund 



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When Paul, the first Christian mis- 
sionary, went into many cities to 
preach, he was oft times a stranger 
there, but he soon found friends with 
whom he could make his home. When 
he went to Philippi we will remember 
how Lydia, a woman of God, offered 
her home that Paul might have a place 
to stay wliile teaching in that place. 
Surely Paul appreciated her kindness 
very much. 

When our missionaries give up all 
to go to another land to tell the Bless- 
ed Story, they have no home to which 
to return when they come back for 
rest. Many Christian friends, like 
Lydia, are willing to open their homes 
to them and we know that our mission- 
aries appreciate this kindness. 

It is the joy of Sisterhood girls to 
make possible this home. The home 
has been built by the money which we 
have been and are giving. 

The financial secretary informs us 
that at the present date pledges 
amounting to $327.00 have been re- 
ceived and actual cash amounting to 
$85.40 has been received. The inter- 
esting thing about this is that very lit- 
tle of the cash is in payment of the 
pledges, but has come in as gifts from 
individuals or from societies who did 
not make a gift during the past year. 
The amount received looks fine and is 
fine for this time of the year but our 
pledges are not what we would like to 
see. Let us praise the Lord for what 
He has already done for us. We know 
He is faithful and can do all things, 
even better than we can ask or think. 
Let us ask Him to guide and to help 
us during the coming year. 

There are possibly many girls who 
would like to help with the furnishings 
of the house. I am sure many girls 
would get much pleasure from sharing 
personally in this matter. It is OUR 
house. It is OUR house built to help 
glorify His name. That makes it be- 
long to Him. If there are girls who 
have planned very definitely to aid 
in the furnishing of the house it will 
be greatly appreciated, but let us not 
let this interfere with giving toward 
the fund. Our job is to construct the 
house and everyone is well pleased and 
happy over the way S. M. M. girls 
have answered the call. 

Certain items such as bedding, tow- 
els, scarfs, etc., can be donated. The 
furniture, curtains, and rugs, and ta- 
ble linen will be purchased from an 
Ashland firm. For these things it 
seems best to appeal for gifts of mon- 
ey. If there are any societies who care 
to make any of these donations get in 
touch vrith Mrs. A. J. McClain, 41 Sa- 
maritan Ave., Ashland, Ohio, so that 
there may be no duplications of ar- 
ticles. If you desire to make a ' cash 
donation send it to Dr. L. S. Bauman, 



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THE BOOK OF JUDGES 
Introduction: 

The Book of Judges names no author for itself. Probably it is com- 
posed from three different sources and has more than one author. 

It portrays a series of relapses into idolatry on the part of God's 
chosen people, followed by invasion^ oppression, and deliverance. 

It is difficult to see much of a devotional aspect here. Let the Book 
stand as illustrative of the futility of error and evil. Let us think con- 
tinually of the great contrast of the blessing of righteous living. 

A close study of the dates shows that they were really loyal to God 
a larger part of the time. A casual reading would not indicate it. Notice 
in the reading there ai'e fourteen heroic judges. Some more important 
than others. Another thing to notice is the frequency of "Israel cried 
unto the Lord." 

The Book falls into three general parts: 

1. Introduction. A summary of the conquests in Western Palestine. 

2. The Main Body or Central Fortiori. A sei'ies of narratives where- 
in fourteen of the Judges deliver Israel from oppression. 

3. Appendix. A close with confusion and contention. 

PART II 

Chapter One. The Incomplete Victory of the Tribes of Israel. 

1. Israel failed to completeh/ e.vpel the old inhabitants of the land. 
When she was strong and could have carried out God's will she would 
not. When our God commissions us to do anything He provides the way. 
We simply trust and obey to be perfectly blest. 
Key Verse 2. 

Chapter Two. The Institution of the Judges. 

1. Suffering and weakness came iipon Israel for their error in dis- 
obedience. Away from God's guidance they wei-e sore distressed. 

2. God originates the judges to rule in Israel and be a spokesman 
for Himself. This is the rule of God or a Theocracy. 

Key Verse 18a, b. 

Chapter Three. The Undefeated Nations Plague Israel. 

1. Their besetting sin returned to haunt them. 

2. The judges that appear are: Othniel the first, Ehud the strategist 
and Shamgar the warrior. 

There is a connection between this sort of experience and our own 
chastening. Heb. 12:6 "For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth." 
Key Verse 9 a, b or 15 a, b. 

Chapter Four. The Lapse into Sin brings more Oppression. 

1. Deborah the patriotic ivoman and Barak the timid soldier. Per- 
haps Barak saw the valuable assistance of one who was in close touch 
with God. Deborah was a Prophetess. Have you felt the confidence in- 
crease when working with a person who really knows and loves the 
Lord? 
Key Verse 8. 

Chapter Five. The Song of the Victors. 

1. The Lord fought for Israel. 

2. The enemies of the Lord suffered defeat and ruin. History has 
declared many times the indisputable advantage of taking account of God 
in great issues. Lincoln said that it was not so essential to determine 
whether God was on our side. It was essential to determine whether we 
were on God's side. 

Key Veese 31. 

Chapter Six. Gideon the Mighty Man of Valor. 

1. The Angel of Jehovah gave Gideon the commission. 

2. Gideon bravely destroys the pagan altar. 

3. He is convinced bii two signs that God. is debating ivith him. I like 
to think of Gideon as faithful in the first commission and thereby quali- 
fying for further service. So many Christians fail to do the first things. 
Kety Verse 12. 

Chapter Seven. The Preparation for Battle. 

1. The fearful and afraid must go home. 

2. Those ivho were accustomed to kneeling to Baal and jyrostrated 
thennselves in ca/relessness were sent hom,e. 

3. Only a small number of mien composed the arm,y which God used 



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to fight His battle. Mere numbers is not the best sign of strength. If 
God is pleased to be with a few, they are bound to win. in any conflict in 
the world. Nations put their trust in men and cannons now airplanes. 
We put our trust in God. 
Key Verse 3 a, b. 

Chapter Eight. The Mighty Gideon falls into Sin. 

1. They discovered jealousy in the camp of Ephradm. It always 
results in discord and harm. 

2. Gideon foolishly inade\ an object for the people to worship. It be- 
came a snare to him. We do not know about the innocency of the act but 
most certainly the outcome brought disaster. Little did he think about 
that at first. 

Key Verse 23 

Chapter Nine. Abimelech Conspires for the Government and Reaps 
Ruin. 

1. He dealt treacherously with Gideon's sons. 

2. Jothan the last to survive fled for his life. 

3. He told the most interesting parable of the trees selecting a 
king. 

4. Abimelech reaps a similar ruin that he brought to others. 
Key Verse 15. 

Chapter Ten. Failure to profit by former Experience. 

1. Tola a judge in an uneventful time. 

2. Jair the next judge became famous because he had thirty sons 
to ride on thirty colts of donkeys. They must have been like Hollywood's 
popular group. The most that is said of them is that they entertained the 
public with the parade of donkeys. 

3. Another lapse into apostasy and servitude. 
Key Verse 16. 

Chapter Eleven. Jephthah the Rash Judge. 

1. He had an unfortunate home relation. 

2. He was selected as captain of the army and judge of Israel. 

3. He made a terrible vow that finally nveant the loss of his daugh- 
ter's life. God does not delight in human sacrifices like this. We may 
gather from it that God does hold men to their promises and vows. 
Key Verse 11c. 

Chapter Twelve. Hypocrisy put to a Test. 

1. Ephraim is jealous again. 

2. Jephthah smites them severely. They determined who were lying 
by a test of pronounciation. 

3. More judges in Ibzan, Elon and Abdon. 

4. Here a/re seventy more young men who made a great display on 
seventy donkey's colts. It is not much for boasting and not much by 
which to be remembered. Have you ever thought what you do to make 
the lasting impression upon the minds of others? 

Key Verse 6. 



Chapters Thirteen to Sixteen. 
I. Samson's birth favored. 
3. His manhood wasted. 
5. His sin betrayed. 



The Weak Strong Man. 
2. His boyhood gifted. 
4. His will power weakened. 
6. His death shamied. 



ICey Verse 13:25. "And the Spirit of the Lord began to move him." 

What a thrilling, romantic and pathetic narrative. It stands as an 
illustration of how sin does not pay. 

PART III 
Chapters Seventeen to Twenty-one. Closing Events of Civil Con- 
fusion and Contention. 

1. The self will and irreligious conduct of Micah. 17. 

2. The contention among the Danites. 18. 

3. The horrible behaviour of the immoral Benjamites. 19. 

4. The punishment sent upon the Benjamites. 20. 

5. Provision for Benja/mites that they might not be •entirely extermi- 
nated. 21. 

Key Verse. 21:15. 



(25 E. Fifth St., Long Beach, Cali- 
rnia, stating just what the contribu- 
vn. is to be used for. 
The words, "No man, having put his 
md to the plough, and looking back, 
fit for the kingdom of God," — are 
miliar to all of us. Probably many of 
)U are thinking this is a long furrow 
are plowing. Year after year, we 
ive been holding the same plow, and 



it is true that holding the same plow 
day in and day out grows rather un- 
interesting. But now we can look ahead 
and see the end of the furrow! Oh, the 
joy of experiencing a task well done! 
That joy is not far distant if we just 
keep pushing the plow and allow the 
Lord to help us with the burden. Then 
we shall gather the harvest and re- 
joice. We have done well but let us 



not let our steps grow slow. Let us 
plow deeper than ever before. This is 
our great year in this project. Let us 
finish it in. such a way that the last 
year may not be one of plowing, but 
one of rejoicing and rest in the joy 
of the completed task. 

In meeting this goal, societies are 
using different methods. Let us not 
think of it as merely a goal. Let us 
help each other to understand and ap- 
preciate the fineness and beatuy of the 
thing we are doing. Let us do it be- 
cause our hearts are full of joy. 

We want the Lord to build and fur- 
nish this Mission Home. Let us not 
labor in vain, or in the wrong way. Let 
us pray for ourselves and others as we 
give and share in this lovely task. 

Will you let the Lord complete this 
Mission Home through you? 



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We hope you notice and use the ar- 
ticles that are being published from 
time to time on Fellowship. Last year 
we stressed stewardship in connection 
with the Five Year program, and this 
year our step is Fellowship. It is our 
desire that through these articles your 
spiritual life may be made deeper and 
richer because you have learned to 
really "know Him." 

Do you like the devotional topics in 
connection with the Mission Study? 
They are yours to use as you see fit, 
so that your needs may be best sup- 
plied. If you find the study of "Congo 
Crosses" sufficient for your meeting 
that is fine. However, we do suggest 
that you use the articles on the theme 
of Fellowship. 



We do have some promising poetess- 
es in our Sisterhood ranks of which 
we have a right to be proud. Did you 
not enjoy the poem "Faith" by Elsie 
M. Whitfield of the Philadelphia Third 
Church? This month we publish a 
poem written by Jo Morris, a member 
of the Clay City, Indiana S. M. M., the 
title is "God's Love." When Sister- 
hood girls can write such lovely poems 
expressing their faith and love we are 
proud of girls that are Sisterhood girls. 



Read carefully the Mission Home 
column and then pray about it and see 
what you can do about it. At all times 
let us be faithful to our calling. 



We are happy to report prospects 
of new places being considered for the 
organization of Sisterhood societies. 
The Calvary Church at Sergeantsville, 
N. J. is very anxious to organize, and 
we hope shall have their organization 
perfected within a short time. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Loree, Indiana, has had a very fine 
revival under the leadership of Rev. 
Leo Polman, and as a result feel that 
they would like to organize a Sister- 
hood. We hope that by the time you 
read this this church shall have a fine 
Sisterhood in the making. The church 
and many of the girls are known by 
the general secretary and we see a 
wonderful time in store for those girls. 
I am sure that many have learned to 
know them and their faithfulness in 
attending conference at Winona even 
though they have had no Sisterhood or- 
ganization in their church. Of course, 
they will have many problems, but let 
us be in prayer for them. 



Sisterhood Goals for 1936-37 



Several questions have been coming 
in in regards to Goal 5; that of a 
"Stewardship secretary encouraging an 
individual plan of systematic giving of 
money, time, and talent." We appre- 
ciate these societies writing in con- 
cerning their problems and hope that 
we may be able to help with your prob- 
lems. Since this letter just arrived as 
this goes to the publisher we shall at- 
tempt to publish something that may 
be of help to you, and assist you to a 
deeper meaning of your stewardship. 
Watch this paper for further helps. 



There have been several calls for the 
stewardship pageant which was given 
on Sunday afternoon at national con- 
ference entitled "America's Call to Ser- 
vice." So far as we have been able to 
find out the pageant cannot be ob- 
tained anywhere. Miss Helen Garber 
has two copies, that she will loan if 
there is a society in real earnest about 
presenting it. If there are those who 
are in earnest about it they may con- 
tact Miss Garber for the pageant at 
235 E. 49th. St., New York City. 



Juniors, you will be much interested 
in the story by Lyda Carter entitled 
"Camp Fire Along the Creek" which 
tells us so very interestingly the thrill- 
ing experiences and wonderful sights 
that come to the little mountain girl 
as she watches by the camp fire along 
the creek. This fits so very well with 
"Camp Fires in the Congo." 



A lonely peak, 
Soft purple clouds, 

High in the sky; 

Not the red sun 
Greets New Year's mom 
With stouter heart than I! 

FUJITA MiNORU 

(A Leper Poet) 



If I knew you and you knew me, 
If both of us could clearly see, 
And with an inner sight divine 
The meaning of your heart and mine, 
I'm sure that we would differ less. 
And clasp our hands in friendliness; 
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree 
If I knew you and you knew me. 

— Nixon Waterman. 



LOCAL GOALS 

1. Twelve devotional meetings. 

2. Mission study with the use of ap- 
proved text. 

8. 2/3 of members have individual 
prayer as a definite part of their 
life. 

4. V2 members cover assigned Bible 
reading: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 
and Proverbs for Seniors; Acts 
for Juniors. 

5. Stewardship secretary encourag- 
ing an individual plan of system- 
atic giving of money, time, and 
talent. 

6. Membership Project. 

7. Annual cabinet meeting. 

8. Bandages sent to District Secre- 
tary. 

9. Benevolent work other than band- 
ages. 

10. Statistical report sent to District 
Secretary by August 10. 

11. National dues sent to Financial 
Secretary in January and July. 



12. Thank offering received in April 
and sent to the Financial Secreta- 
ry by July 31. 

13. Gift to Mission Home Fund sent 
to Financial Secretary by July 
31. 

14. District dues of 15c per member 
sent to the District Secretary by 
July 3L 

JUNIOR GOALS 
All goals but No. 14. 

HONOR GOALS 

1. A delegate to either District or 
National Conference. 

2. Thank offering boxes turned in by 
% of members. 

3. Outlook in the homes of ^,2 of 
members. 

DISTRICT GOALS 

1. One District meeting. 

2. All societies sending statistical 
reports. 

3. Two-thirds of societies banner. 

4. Missionary project completed. 



S. M. M. Useful Information 



NATIONAL S. M. M. OFFICERS 
Honorary Patroness — Mrs. G. T. Ronk, 

Lanark, Illinois. 
National Patroness — Mrs. F. B. Frank, 

7434 Rockwell Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 
President— Miss Dorothy Whitted, 1033 

E. Main St., Louisville, Ohio. 
Vice President — Miss Marguerite Grib- 

ble, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 
General Secretary — Miss Bernice Berk- 

heiser, Mexico, Indiana. 
Financial Secretary — Miss Katherine 

Sampson, 302 Barr Bldg., 910 Seven- 
teenth St., N. W., Washington, D. C. 
Treasurer — Miss Louise Kimmel, 517 

W. Main St., Berne, Indiana. 
Literature Secretary — Mrs. D. A. C. 

Teeter, 3846 Monroe St., Chicago, 

Illinois. 

DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 
Southeastern 
President — Virginia Brumbaugh, Roa- 
noke, Virginia. 
Secretary-Treasurer — Bernice Baker, 

Lydia, Maryland. 
Patroness— Mrs. H. W. Koontz, 105 Ot- 
terview Ave., Roanoke, Virginia. 

Pennsylvania 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Vera Crid- 
er, 153 South Church St., Waynes- 
boro. 

Patroness — Mrs. Orville Lorenz, Main 
St., Meyersdale. 

Ohio 
Secretary-Treasurer — Eula Blatter, 43 

Elliott St., Rittman. 
Patroness — Mrs. Raymond Gingrich, 
Seiber Ave., Ellet. 

Indiana 
Secretary-Treasurer — AUegra Rich- 



mond, 504 East Walnut St., Na; 

panee. 
Patroness — Mrs. J. R. Schutz, 503 Cc 

lege Ave., North Manchester. 
Illiokota 
Secretary-Treasurer — Dorothea Rah 

Lanark, Illinois. 
Patroness — Mrs. E. M. Riddle, 11: 

Randolph St., Waterloo, Iowa. 
Mid-West 
Secretary - Treasurer — Helen Rul 

Stump, Falls City, Nebraska. 
Patroness — Mrs. Amanda Lemon, Po 

tis, Kansas. 

Soutliem California 
Secretary - Treasurer — Ruth Fuqu 

2500 East 113th St., Los Angeles. 
Patroness — Mrs. E. L. Culp, Puente. 

Northwestern 
Secretary - Treasurer — Theone Lac 

Sunnyside, Washington. 
Patroness — Mrs. B. G. Jones, 907 Yoi 

Ave., Spokane, Wash. 

Send all monies for Sisterhood nationi 
dues, Thank offering, and Missi 
Home Fund gift to Miss Katheri 
Sampson, 302 Barr Bldg., 910 Sevei 
teenth St., N. W., Washington, D, 

Send your district dues and bandages to 
your district secretary as given above. 

Send all materials for the Sisterhood 
department of the church paper tc 
Miss Bernice Berkheiser, Mexico, 
Indiana. 

The subscription price of the Woman's 
Outlook number of the Brethrer 
Evangelist is 50 cents per year. Send 
orders to Mrs. Ira D. Slotter, 44 West 
Third St., Ashland, 0. 



Vol. LIX, No. 3 



W. S. Benshoff Fe"b, ^7 
306 College Ave. 
ARhland, Ohio 



January 16, 1937 



The BRETHREN 

EVANGELIST 




Come, now and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though 
your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow ; though they 
be red like crimson, they shall be as wool (Isa. 1:18). 



The Brethren Evangelist 



SECRET OF POWER 



"Now shalt thou see what I will do.' 



Many priceless secrets have been 
lost. As a result, the world is today 
impoverished. But the loss of the secret 
of power with God and men has re- 
sulted more disastrously than any oth- 
er. That it may speedily be recovered by 
the sei-vants of Christ in this time of 
grave crisis should be the longing de- 
sire and earnest prayer of God's peo- 
ple. Its recovery will mean the revival 
of the Church, the salvation of sinners, 
and the glory that is due to the worthy 
name of the Lord Jesus. 

D. L. Moody went up and down this 
and other lands, exemplifying and 
preaching this secret of power. From 
the time of his own infilling with the 
Holy Spirit, his work for Christ became 
niarvelously successful. He searched 
the Scriptures to know what were his 
privileges in Christ and did not rest 
until the power of Christ rested upon 
him. At that time, the men of the Bi- 
ble were his constant spiritual compan- 
ions. A like study of their experiences 
will prove beneficial to every Christian 
worker. 

Take Moses, for example: Moses 
was eighty years of age before he 
learned this secret of power, the dif- 
ference between his working for God 
and God working through him. Con- 
squently, with all his superlative quali- 
fications, his divine commission, his 
wisdom and devotion, Moses failed be- 
cause he did not wholly rely upon the 
Lord. This is manifested in his im- 
passioned prayer after his disappoint- 
ing visit to Pharaoh: 

"Since I came to Pharaoh to speak 
in thy name, he hath done evil to 
this people; neither hast thou de- 
livered thy people at all" (Exodus 
5:23). 

How much Moses depended upon 
himself appears when we hear the 
Lord's response to that prayer. The 
Lord said unto him: 

"Now shalt thou see what I will do" 
(Ex. 6:1). 

The "I" of Moses and the "I" of 
God came into sharp contrast. The "I" 
of Moses was finite; the "I" of God 
was infinite. Moses never fully real- 
ized his own inability and God's abil- 
ity until that hour. When his resources 
had failed, God was only at the begin- 
ning of His. From that day forward, 
it was no longer "I", but Jehovah. 

What a difference there is between 
what God can do through us and what 
we can do for God! The things that are 
impossible with men are possible with 
God. May our lives, like that of Moses, 



become blessed commentaries on the 
text, "Now shalt thou see what I will 
do." 

If you have failed, pastor, parent, 
Sunday School teacher, fellow-Christian 
worker, confess it to the Lord. Recog- 
nize your failure, definitely trust God 
to take you and your work in hand, 
and then you shall have good success. 

"The eyes of the Lord run to and 
fro throughout the whole earth, to show 
himself strong in the behalf of them 
whose heart is perfect toward him" 
(II Chron. 16:9). 

When God can find men who will 
cease from their own fleshly exer- 
tions, and let Him have His way, He 
will do "exceeding abundantly above 
all we ask or think according to the 
power that worketh in us" (Eph. 3: 
20). "Since the beginning of the world 
men have not heard, nor perceived by 
the ear, neither hath eye seen. God, 
beside thee, what he hath prepared for 
him that waiteth for him. Thou meet- 
est him that rejoiceth and worketh 
righteousness, those that remember 
thee in thy ways" (Isaiah 64:4,5). 

Beloved, may the Lord find each of 
us like unto Moses, to whom He can 
say once more, "now shalt thou see 
what I will do." 

— Great Commission Prayer League, 
808 N La Salle Street, Chicago, III.) 



A ROTTED INDUSTRY 

"Whether the personal chronicle of 
the screen actress should be destroyed, 
as demanded by high-ups in the motion 
picture industry" — So begins a front 
page article in the morning paper, anent 
the Mary Astor case. Again, farther 
along in the article, another paragraph 
begins. "And in Hollywood, executives 
and actors in the motion-picture indus- 
try kept as close a watch on both 
camps, hoping, demanding even, that 
sensationalism be purged from the 
trial." Undoubtedly, the "high-ups" are 
going to successfully use their tre- 
mendous pressure upon the judge; and 
upon Mary Astor, the "highup" actress; 
and, upon Dr. Franklin Thorpe, her hus- 
band, — to quiet the whole rotten af- 
fair by a compromise. Why the great 
interest of the motion-picture "high- 
ups" in this case ? Mary Astor wrote a 
diary. 1 1 set forth in unvarnished 
truth, her relations with so many "high- 
ups" that the utter moral rottenness of 
the whole industry was being exposed 
to the world. It took the lid off the 
whole of moviedom, and the stench that 
arose was too rank for even a world 
that has grown more or less accustomed 



to the odors of Sodom. That lid must 
go down immediately, so say the 
"stars." (It will go down!) "Stars" 
they may call them, if hell has "stars." 
More amazing than the moral filth of 
the movie world is the fact that there 
are those who call themselves "saints" 
— a people separated unto God — a peo- 
ple who, professedly, love not the world 
— who insist that they can maintain 
then pilgrim character, their spirit- 
filled experiences, their favor with a 
holy God, and yet patronize the most 
morally corrupt industry under the 
heavens! Whereunto have the saints 
fallen? 
— 1st Church, Long Beach, Calif. Calen. 



BAIT 

1,350,000 girls, some of them still in 
their middle "teens," are being used as 
"bar room bait" in the liquor joints of 
the United States — used to stimulate 
male customers in buying liquor. If 
those now in power in Washington, who 
are responsible for this situation, do 
not soon fall under the judgment of a 
righteous God, then a righteous God 
does not exist. And what responsibility 
have some professed Church members 
in this monstrous crime against youth 
and womanhood ? Ballots brought back 
the legalized saloon. 



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QUITE AGREED 

More and more we discover that the philosophy 
of apostate Christianity and the philosophy of rank 
unbelievers run quite parallel. A worldly newspaper 
writer recently wrote that he was not interested in 
heaven, for "the question isn't important — I'm too 
much concerned with what I do while I live. The 
only heaven that really interests me is the heaven 
that could be made right here." In a recent religious 
magazine there appeared an editorial on the mean- 
ing of being saved. The writer's contention was that 
being saved does not mean a relation to heaven and 
hell, sins forgiven, and the new birth, but rather 
being saved from the things of this life which would 
keep humanity from growing into the best that is 
within man. When we make the best of our circum- 
stances and become victorious over the problems and 
obstacles of this life we are being saved. This is far 
from the Scriptural truth about salvation, but it is 
interesting to note how apostate Christianity and 
the theories of the worldly men agree. 

NOT MUCH ABOUT HEAVEN 

This worldly philosopher is not much interested 
in heaven because he says he fears that after the 
resurrection his neuritis might survive. He feels 
also that heaven with no marrying and giving in 
marriage would not suit him at all, so he does not 
like its prospects. Modern religion also tells us that 
wie should not appeal to people in terms of heaven 
and hell, for these conceptions might stir their emo- 
tions and fears unduly. We should appeal to people 
from the standpoint of making a better world and 
improving circumstances here through bringing in 
a new social order. It makes no difference if such 
people do not like the Bible revelation about heaven 
for they probably will not get there anyway. 

PLACE PREPARED— PEOPLE PREPARED 

Probably many of us have heard the statement, 
"Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people." 
One of the marks of a true Christian is that he has 
already discovered that heaven will be an enjoyable 
place when he gets there. The Christian has no quar- 
rel with God about the kind of a place heaven will 
be. Many people have tried to build places of resi- 
dence here on earth with which they will be per- 
fectly satisfied, but have failed to accomplish the 
task. There always remains something which should 
be changed or altered. The Christian, has left it to 
the Lord to prepare a place with which he will be 
infinitely satisfied, knowing that the Lord is able 



to do exceeding abundantly above all that he could 
ask, think, or imagine. 

MORE SMOKERS 

According to a statement which recently came 
over the radio, there were more pipes and tobacco 
given for Christmas presents this year than ever 
before. Over a million men are supposed to have 
received pipes and tobacco as gifts this Christmas 
season. This is a real contribution which the tobacco 
companies are making to the world, so they say. 
This is another way to spread Christmas cheer 
throughout the year — so they say again. How many 
of these million men. do you suppose are church 
members? How many of these have pledged their 
lives to glorify God and serve him and to walk in a 
way which pleases Him as revealed in the Word of 
God? Well, we would fear even to make a guess. 
Perhaps it is just as well that we do not know. 

ONE THING WE KNOW 

We do know, however, one important fact. Many 
are the men who have come to Christ only to see 
that a walk with the Lord and contributions to the 
tobacco companies do not go together. One man 
said, "I just could not imagine myself down on my 
knees before the throne of grace with a cigarette in 
my fingers and the smoke curling up above my 
head." 

Another man of our close acquaintance, was driv- 
ing home with his family after the Sunday evening 
service. The Lord had spoken to his heart. As they 
were going through the canyon between the church 
and their home, the man reached for his can of 
Prince Albert and his pipe and threw them as far 
as possible over into the canyon. His wife saw the 



IN THIS NUMBER 

Secret of Power 2 

Editorials 3 

The Church, a Soul-Saving Institution — Raymond Blood 5 
Interesting Scientific Accuracies in the Bible — 

Alva J. McClain 7 

The Throne of David— R. I. Humberd 10 

The Reappearance of the Empire on the Fateful Hills 

of Rome — Louis S. Bauman 11 

Christian Life Department 14 

Christian Endeavor Topic for January 31 17 

The Importance of the Sunday School — 

J. Ray Klingensmith 18 

News from the Field 19 



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action and exclaimed, "What are you doing?" He 
replied "I do not need those things any more." Such 
is the attitude of the man who wants to walk close 
to the Lord. If for no other reason, he could well 
quit the habit and use the money for foreign mis- 
sions. 

A Brethren pastor recently told us of a meeting 
which he just held in which a number of men came 
to Christ. In coming they laid their pipes, tobacco, 
and cigarettes on the platform in the church. They 
did not do this because the preacher had consigned 
all smokers to hell — no, not at all. People do not lose 
their salvation because they smoke, neither are peo- 
ple saved because they do not smoke. But there is 
one thing which every smoker loses. He loses that 
precious nearness to the Lord which he might have. 
Since our lives are but for a moment at longest, and 
are as a kindergarten in pi'eparation for eternity, 
anything which keeps us from the closet fellowship 
with the Lord costs us too much. This is why Chris- 
tians quit the things which are questionable. That 
was the secret of Paul's successful life. Those who 
walk with the Lord must keep the body under and 
bring it into subjection. 

OTHERS' WORK 

We do not live unto ourselves. When we arrived 
in this world, there was a certain fixity even in the 
things of Christianity. Others have labored to give 
us an open Bible. Martyrs have given their lives 
that the common people might be able to read the 
Bible for themselves. Others lived their lives that 
the common people have the truth of God's Word in 
simplicity and unbound by the traditions of the 
ecclestiastical hierarchies. Where would we be if in 
the days of Luther no one would have protested? 
Where would we be if the common people would 
have been compelled to remain the victims of the 
theories of a few in high authority. We should thank 
God for those who have given to Protestantism its 
simple faith in the open Bible. For such we will never 
forget the name of Martin Luther. 

WHAT PROFIT? 

What profit is it to honor and appreciate Luther 
because he stood his ground if we yield ours. We 
dare not yield ours. If we know God's Word is true 
and men will be judged by it, then we cannot sit 
idly by without letting men know that God has 
spoken. Our battle may not be exactly like that of 
Luther, but we have a battle nevertheless. We are 
living in a day when men everywhere are denying 
the authority of the Word of God. If they do not do 
so openly, they do it by giving to the terms and 
phrases of the Word of God their own meaning. 
Men can say, "We believe that Jesus Christ is the 
Son of God." But pressed a bit, they will indicate 
that they do not believe this as the Bible teaches 



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concerning the Sonship of Christ. Others will say, 
"We believe that 'ye must be bom again'." Being 
pressed for an explanation, they leave the super- 
natural out of it only to emphasize the outward side 
of reformation ignoring the deeper needs of the 
human heart. Others may say, "We believe that 
every man needs to be saved." But digging beneath 
the surface, we may find that "being saved" to such 
is only a matter of being adjusted to surroundings 
in such a fashion that he conforms to his own 
standard of what he calls certain high, lofty and 
noble ideals. 

HEAVEN OR HELL 

With a religious philosophy around us like this, 
it becomes necessary for us to speak out with great 
conviction concerning realities. Salvation is not mere- 
ly a salvation to a more noble life here, it is a remov- 
al of the condemnation and wrath which rests upon 
men from a holy God, and the receiving of the very 
life of Christ in us. It means to be transferred from 
the way which leads to the lake of fire to the way 
which leads to glory and heaven. Of these things 
God's true servants need to be very outspoken. Like 
Luther, we must tell the truth. 

DARE WE BE DOGMATIC? 

Sometimes this question is raised. Perhaps an- 
other question should be asked. If we believe God's 
Word with a conviction more important than any- 
thing else in the world, even more important than 
death itself, dare we be othei-wise than dogmatic? 
There is a feeling abroad that everyone else may be 
dogmatic except the man who believes the Bible. . 
The Communist may be dogmatic about his theories, , 
the evolutionist may be dogmatic about his guesses,', 
the businessman may be dogmatic about his busi- 
ness, but for the Christian to be dogmatic about 
what the infinite God has said — well that's differ- 
ent. 






TRANSFORMED PULPITS 

We need a hundred thousand transformed pulpiti 
in this land. Hell in the pulpit will put the hell out 
of the pew. Salvation in the pulpit will put salvation 
in the pew. Faith in the pulpit will put faith in the 
pew. We are in need of men of conviction! 

FOR PRAYING FRIENDS 
God in heaven, bless those friends who share 
Ml/ hours of trial in deed, in work, in prayer. 
Grant them the riches of Thi/ grace, as they release 
To other weary hearts the joy, the peace, 
The added strength that Thou my way dost send 
In answer to the prayer of each dear fricTid. 

— Mary Catherine Ziiek. 



January 16, 1937 



THE CHURCH 

A Soul Saving 
Institution 



RAYMOND BLOOD 
Pastor, Brethren Church, Limestone, Tenn. 




"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations"- — Matt. 28:19 



The Lord Jesus Christ made it very plain that 
the purpose of His coming into the world was "to 
seek and to save that which was lost." Because this 
was His reason for coming among men, we find the 
Lord Jesus continually seeking out those that were 
lost and without a hope. 

It was into a world that was hopeless that the 
Lord Jesus Christ sent the disciples with the au- 
thority and commission to preach the gospel and to 
point men to Him who is the "Way" and the 
"Truth" and the "Life." These disciples, after re- 
ceiving the promised power for this effort, preached 
that gospel, and the result was that men were saved, 
and added to the church (Acts 2:41, 47). 

In it's very beginning, the church, of which the 
Lord Jesus Christ is the very Foundation, Head and 
Source of Supply, had for its purpose the saving of 
the lost. 

We see Paul, as he goes throughout the then 
known world, establishing churches among the 
nations. When we read the epistles of Paul to them 
we are convinced that they had no other thought or 
purpose than the bringing of the lost to the Savior. 
Listen to Paul as he speaks of the fervor of the 
Christians of Thessalonica. "For from you sounded 
out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and 
Achaia, but also in eveiy place your faith to God- 
ward is spread abroad ; so that we need not to speak 
anything" (I Thess. 1:8). These early churches, 
which were given life by the power of the Spirit 
through the ministry of the apostle Paul, had no 
other purpose than to bring men to a thorough 
knowledge of the Lord as their personal Savior. This 
passion for souls was the very heart of the church. 
At the end of the first century the whole of south- 
ern Europe and northern Africa, or the heart of 
cultured civilization, had heard the gospel message. 

Why is not this passion for the lost as intense as 
it was under the supervision of the apostle Paul? 
Are not souls as much lost now as they were then? 
Is not the message that they need the same message 
of salvation that the apostle Paul carried to the lost 
of the first century? Is not the church the same in- 
stitution it was when three thousand were saved 



through the preaching of the apostles and many 
were added to the church only because they were 
saved ? 

The position which the church holds in the world 
today is ever the same. It is a soul-saving station for 
the lost. And if men are ever to be saved, they will 
only be saved as the church is faithful to the high 
commission which was handed to it by the Lord 
whom it represents in the world. "Ye shall be wit- 
nesses unto me" (Acts 1:8). Through the centuries 
the faithful have been cariying this message to sin- 
ners, who are condemned to die ; and they have been 
receiving it. Everywhere men have been saved. The 
islands of the sea, filled with cannibal tribes, dark- 
est Africa, the Far East and many other lands, have 
received the gospel message, and thousands upon 
thousands have been saved. Men need not be lost, 
for the same Savior that saved Zacchaeus is willing 
today, with the same heart of compassion for the 
lost to come into their lives and make His eternal 
dwelling place with them. But with the church rests 
the responsibility of keeping the gospel message 
ringing in their ears if men are to continue to find 
eternal safety in the church. 

Alas ! the day has come when many places which 
have the name of the church have no longer that 
high purpose which beat in the heart of the apos- 
tles; namely, the 'seeking and saving that which is 
lost." Many and varied are the church programs of 
the day. Instead of bread which is living-giving, they 
offer a stone, with the result, that within the very 
doors of the church we find men perishing and with- 
out a hope. It is very sad indeed, that placed upon 
the records of many churches are a profusion of 
names, the owners of which have never known what 
it means to be saved. The churches are sheltering a 
host of people who have never been born again. Then 
it seems that the churches are proud to own many of 
these ; some because they are prominent socially, oth- 
ers because of their financial standing. I once heard 
the minister of a church in Philadelphia say, after 
he had preached a sermon that might have touched 
the hearts of many, that he was sure that every one 
he was facing was "well-fixed for the future" ; so 



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then the message that he had just delivered did not 
include them. With this opinion of themselves, given 
to them by spurious divines, is it any wonder that 
the church is full of unsaved people? The church 
made up of this type of the people, will never be- 
come a soul-saving institution. 

We have been reading much of a preaching mis- 
sion, sponsored by the Federal Council of Churches 
of Christ in America. Now a preaching mission is 
what is very much needed in the church today, of 
this there is no doubt. The church is in need of 
preaching that will bring to life dead members ; that 
will interest men in the salvation of their souls. 
Much of the preaching of today is not that type. But 
we are afraid that the efforts of a preaching mis- 
sion with men of the stripe that will cooperate with 
the Federal Council will not have the passion that the 
preaching of the apostles had. We fear very much 
that men who deny everything that the Bible states 
about the Lord Jesus Christ and His relation to 
God, cannot be successful preachers of a gospel that 
will save men. And this is the only preaching that is 
worthy, that is, the preaching of a gospel that 
saves. 

The church as a soul-saving institution should not 
sponsor the program of spurious cults. We remem- 
ber an experience several years ago while living in 
Philadelphia. The Oxford Group Movement or Buch- 
manism was working for cooperation among pas- 
tors. Some were mislead, and others knowingly per- 
mitted this group to have access to their church 
building, lending their support by their presence, for 
the propagation of their social gospel. When pro- 
fessed Christian leaders will sponsor a movement 
that is essentially different from the teaching of the 
New Testament, then the church will have to lay 
aside her God-given program, that of seeking and 
saving the lost. 

When asked by Dr. Trumbull of the Sunday School 
Times if he believed that man ought to be born 
again, Mr. Buchman replied : "Of course I do. 
I believe that man ought to be born again every 
day." He was either trying to evade the question or 
was very much in ignorance as to the only way of 
salvation. Social gospels, no matter how alluring 
they may be, will never take the place of the church. 
Only God's message of truth will ever save the 
precious souls that are lost. 

The prophet Ezekiel was told by the Lord to give 
to the people the message that the Lord had put into 
his mouth. The Lord told him that no other message 
would do. He also told him that there would be an 
accounting for failure on his part to deliver that 
message. "When I say unto the wicked, wicked 
man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak 
to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man 
shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require 
at thy hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked 



of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from 
his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast 
delivered thy soul" (Ezekiel 33:8,9). We serve the 
same God. True, God is merciful and gracious, but 
God is also just, and those who have the message to 
deliver and fail to deliver that message will come 
under the judgment for that failure. The church 
cannot afford to grow lax in giving forth the Word. 
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat 
of Christ : that everyone may receive the things done 
in his body according to that he hath done whether 
it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of 
the Lord, we persuade men" (H Cor. 5:10, 11). The 
church is conscious of the need of men. That need is 
Jesus Christ for the salvation of their souls. The 
church is conscious of the wrath of God upon all 
those who reject the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore 
the paramount work of the church is to save these 
souls. 

Firmly believing that we are living in the last 
days, the responsibility of the church for the lost be- 
comes of greater importance. "This know also, that 
in the last days perilous times shall come. For men 
shall be lovers of their own selves ..." (II Tim. 
3:1, 2), and so we read on of the moral and spirit- 
ual depravity of men of these last days. As we look 
around us we see a living picture of the verses of this 
New Testament prophecy. So in the midst of this 
world, where the love of pleasure has taken the place 
of the love of God, the church, with the only mes- 
sage that can save, is to shine as beacon light to the 
lost, to bring those that are struggling in the dark- 
ness to the marvelous light of the gospel. The church 
that is not doing this is failing the Lord that has 
bought it with His own precious blood. "The gospel 
is (still) the power of God unto salvation to every 
one that believeth" (Rom. 1:16). The church has 
this message — the message which will remove the 
moral delinquencies of a grossly immoral people. We 
praise the Lord that there are still groups that are 
willing to carry this gospel to the lost regardless of 
the cost and bring them to a saving knowledge of 
the Lord Jesus Christ. The church that is saving 
men, when He appears, need not be ashamed before 
Him at His coming. 



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"Give me a passion for souls, dear Lord, 

A passion to save the lost; 

Oh, that Thy love were by all adored 

And welcomed at any cost. 

Jesus, I long, I long to be winning 

Men who are lost and constantly sinning; 

Oh, may this hour be one of beginning 

The story of pardon to tell." — Fellers. 



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January 16, 1937 



Interesting Scientific 

Accuracies in 

The Bible 



In The Religious Digest of Novemljer, 1936, there 
appeared a review of this article by Professor Alva J. 
McClain. It was the leading article of the magazine. 
The Religious Digest reviews the most striking articles 
which appear in various Christian publications. Thus 
the outstanding writings of the hour are made avail- 
able for quick perusal. In the case of this article, it is 
regretted that it suffered from being cut too short. 
We are printing it as it appeared originally in The 
King's Business. 




lLVA J. McCLAIN 

"Thy word is true from the beginning : and every 
ne of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever" 
Psa. 119:160). 

This text makes a most remarkable assertion. Ac- 
ording to its testimony, the Bible can never become 
,n obsolete book. The Word inscribed upon its pages 
fas true when it was written ; the same Word is true 
oday, and a thousand millenniums hence it will still 
le true. There may be a certain degree of relativity 
what man is pleased to call "truth," since his ideas 
re constantly changing, but the Revelation of God 
epends for its truth upon neither time, place, nor 
ircumstance. It is "true from the beginning" and 
endureth for ever." 

In this respect the written Word partakes of the 
ature of the incarnate Word. He in His own blessed 
erson was "the truth," and of Him the writer of 
lebrews declares that He is "Jesus Christ the same 
esterday, and today, and for ever" (13:8). 

If the Bible is in any real sense the "Word of 
Jod," then it is impossible that there should be any 
ontradition between its statements and the find- 
iigs of science. For science, if it be true, is simply 
n orderly and systematized description of nature, 
nd nature is the work of God. Between God's Word 
,nd His works there can be no final conflict. It seems 
me that this truth is taught very clearly in Psalm 
11 : "The works of his Iiands are verity and judg- 
nent; all Ms commandments are sure. They stand 
ast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and up- 
ightness" (vs. 7,8). Scientific truth and religious 
ruth must agree, because they have their common 
jource in the one true God whose "works" and "com- 
inandments" are both "done in truth." 



0)il!/ God can make a tree 



Principles of a Fair Investigation 
Any unprejudiced investigation of the relation of 
the Bible and science should keep in mind at least 
four principles. First, as Professor Townsend 
pointed out many years ago, we should be careful to 
distinguish between what the Bible says and what 
is sometimes said in the Bible. In many places the 
Bible records the thinking and utterances of fallible 
men. In Isaiah 22:13 it is said: "Let us eat and 
drink, for tomorrow we shall die." In Malachi 3:14 
you may read: "It is vain to serve God." In Romans 
3:8 it is recorded: "Let us do evil, that good may 
come." These things are said in the Bible, but the 
Bible does not say them. They were spoken by men, 
and recorded in the Bible. And the record is verbally 
inspired. Thus when the Word quotes Satan as say- 
ing, "Ye shall not surely die," we may be sure that 
he spoke those very words. The words are a lie, but 
the record of the incident is true. So also when we 
read of Jacob's ideas concerning prenatal control, 
recorded in Genesis 30, we should not be over-hasty 
to ascribe these notions to the Bible. 

Second, we should remember that many attacks 
upon the Bible for alleged scientific blunders have 
been based upon what it was supposed to teach, not 
upon what it really does teach. Sound exegesis and 
interpretation are the most effective weapons 
against the critical foe in the camp of modern sci- 
ence. All the Bible asks, or needs, is fair treatment 
at the hands of its critics. It is a rather well recog- 
nized principle that at least a reasonable amount 
of knowledge in any field of knowledge is required 
before men are competent to set themselves up as 
responsible critics in that field. Unfortunately it 



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seems to be the opinion in many quarters that any 
one is competent to sit in judgment upon the Bible, 
regardless of his limited knowledge. I recall the case 
of the lumber dealer, an avowed unbeliever, who be- 
came interested in the Bible because he heard a ser- 
mon on Noah's ark. Rather startled at its huge di- 
mensions, he sat down to figure the thousands of 
feet of lumber required for its construction. Through 
this means he began to read the Bible, and he found 
to his surprise, that it was an interesting book. But 
one day he chanced upon the passage which read 
that "the children of the Levites bare the ark of 
God upon their shoulders" (I Chron. 15:15), and 
throwing the Book down, he declared that he was 
sure now that it was "all a pack of lies" ! Many 
criticisms of the Bible, on alleged scientific grounds, 
are based on interpretations which are not much 
more intelligent. 

Third, to those acquainted with the history of 



"In the field 
of the science 
of animal life 
we again find 
the Bible dis- 
cussing and 
describing 
nianii forms 
of life without 
indulging in 
the wild and 
absurd ideas 
which pos- 
sessed many 
even of the 
learned in past 
ages." 



Biblical criticism it is quite well known that many 
of the alleged inaccuracies of the Bible have been 
based on scientific theories, not upon established 
facts. It is well to recall in this connection that even 
the scientists have made mistakes in the past. Pro- 
fessor Lyell, a noted geologist in his day, once said : 
"In the year 1806 the French Institute enumerated 
no less than eighty geological theories which were 
hostile to the Scriptures ; but not one of those the- 
ories is held today." Before any man has a right to 
pronounce the Bible at fault scientifically, he should 
be certain, not only that his interpretation of the 
Bible is sound, but also that he is dealing with an es- 
tablished fact of science. With these two points set- 
tled then he would be eligible to discuss the mistakes 
of the Bible. 

The Bible and Scientific Terms 
Fourth, in approaching the Bible, the investigator 
must not expect to find nature described with the 




terminology of science. It is well understood that a 
man may speak accurately on a scientific subject 
even though he may not employ the technical langu- 
age of science. There are several reasons why the 
Bible avoids such terminology. For one thing, scien- 
tific terms are constantly changing. Some become 
obsolete ; others are being coined to describe and des- 
ignate the new discoveries. The Bible, as a revela- 
tion from God, had to come to man at some point in 
human history. If it had adopted the scientific term- 
inology of any particular age in the past, it would 
have been out of date within a short period of time. 
If it had been given in the language of the final sci- 
ence — assuming, of course, that God knows His own 
world — no one would be able to understand it, not 
even the most learned scientists. 

Furthermore, even we ourselves, and also the 
greatest scientists of the age, are not accustomed to 
using the language and strict terminology of science 
in speaking of nature. All of us constantly speak of 
the sun as "rising" and "setting," when every school- 
boy knows that the sun does nothing of the kind, but 
that the rotation of the earth upon its axis only 
makes the sun appear to "rise" and "set." Why 
then should we find fault with the Bible for using 
such language? It is unquestionably a great mercy 
for most of us that God does not use scientific- 
phraseology in His Word. Let the reader consider 
this specimen taken from a daily newspaper: A 
young surgeon, recently out of school, was called to 
testify in an assault case. Under oath he stated 
that he found the injured plaintiff "suffering from 
a severe contusion of the integuments under the left 
orbit, with great extravasation of blood and ecchy- 
mosis in the surrounding cellular tissues, which were 
in a state of tumidity." The twelve "good men and 
true" on the jury, having heard the testimony, con- 
cluded that the plaintiff must have been nearly 
killed, and they were about to render a verdict in his 
favor when the counsel for the defense, who also 
was somewhat acquainted with medical terminology, 
pointed out that the learned savant had given a de- 
scription of what ordinarily is called a "black eye"! 
Now, if we wish to be scientifically exact in our de- 
scription, we should remember that a "black eye" is 
not black, but blue or indigo. Nevertheless, every- 
body knows precisely what we mean when we speak 
of a "black eye." And, after all, the real purpose of 
language is to convey intelligible knowledge. When 
it fails to do this, it is useless. 

The Bible was not written especially for any select 
group of intellectuals, but for the common people 
the care-worn, struggling, suffering millions of the 
race who have had little opportunity to master scien- 
tific terms and keep abreast of the times. In the 
main, therefore, when the Bible speaks of nature, it 
uses the language of appearance. Such language is 
understood by all men, the wise and the ignorant, in 



January 9, 1937 




"Of course, our Lord knew all about the shape of the 
earth. He made it. Certainly He did not come to teach men 
the facts of geology, but when He speaks, His words will 
be found in accord with such facts." 

all places, and in all ages. A mention of the "sun 
rising" is understood perfectly by both the African 
savage and Dr. Einstein. It is one of the marks of 
Biblical inspiration that when God desired to give 
His supreme revelation in the New Testament writ- 
ings, He spoke not in the language of the intelligent- 
sia, but in the "koine," the Greek of the common man 
of the streets. 

The Christian View of the Bible and Science 

As to the relation of the Bible and science, the 
following statements represent in general the posi- 
tion that the Christian thinker must hold : ( 1 ) The 
Bible was not written primarily to teach us the nat- 
ural sciences, but rather to reveal God's plan and 
work in saving sinners. (2) It is a fact, however, 
that the Bible touches upon many matters which fall 
within the domain of those sciences; and for this 
reason it is folly to postulate an absolute separation 
between the two. (3) The Bible, when patiently 
studied and fairly interpreted, will be found to con- 
tain none of the absurdities so common to other an- 
cient literature, but on the contrary displays many 
striking harmonies with the established facts of 
science. It is the main purpose of this article to point 
out a few of the harmonies. 

The Science of Plant Life 

The Old Testament mentions over two hundred 
specimens of plant life, ranging from the stately 
cedar of, Lebanon down to the little vine that clings 
to the wall; yet it contains none of the erroneous 
notions found in other contemporaneous writings. 

Genesis 1:11 contains an interesting reference. 
Speaking of the botanical world, it suggests the fol- 
lowing threefold division of plant life: "Grass, the 
herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit 
after his kind, whose seed is in itself." The word 
translated "grass" is the Hebrew "deshe," which, 
according to Ellicott, refers to "a mere greenness, 
without visible seed or stalk, such as to this day 
may be seen on the surface of rocks." This three- 
fold division bears a striking similarity to the divi- 



sions proposed in one of the most widely used books 

on botany : 

The distinction of fossils through rocks of differ- 
ent ages indicates, for example, that the earliest 
plants were comparatively pimple water-inhabiting 
forms. In the later ages appeared pteridophytes, the 
primitive seed plants, forms more or less similar to 
our present-day gymnosperms ; and finally the angio- 
sperms. {Textbook of General Botany, by Smith, 
Overton, Gilbert, Denniston, Bryan, Allen, p. 484). 

Comparing the two accounts, we have first, plants 
which are simply "green," the seed not being evi- 
dent; second, plants in which the seed is prominent 
and exposed ; and finally, the forms "bearing fruit" 
with enclosed seeds. The entire point is fully dis- 
cussed by a recent graduate of Ashland Seminary, 
Paul R. Bauman, in his "Critical Study of the Crea- 
tion Account." 

Some time ago while browsing through a volume 
of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (14th edition), I 
became interested in the article on Bacteriology writ- 
ten by Dr. Paine of the London Imperial College of 
Science and Technology. I found a number of things 
that I already knew, for example, that bacteria are 
most numerous in the air of cities and towns, and 
very much reduced in the air of country districts. 
But I also found something new, namely, that "in 
forest areas the presence of bacteria in the atmos- 
phere is usually hard to demonstrate," the reason 
being that "the leaves of trees seem to act as ef- 
ficient bacterial filters" (Vol. II, p. 905). Reading 
the statement, I thought of two things : First, I re- 
flected that our desire for vacations in the forested 
regions is based on a sound instinct; and second, I 
recalled a well-known passage in Revelation where 
John writes of the "tree of life" in the Holy City, 
declaring that "the leaves of the tree were for the 
healing of the nations" (22:2). The question as to 
whether this "tree" is literal or only symbolical, we 

(Continued on pa^e 13) 




"Artists and critics have not always been agreed as to 
the true basis of coloring," but everyone must agree that 
God's coloring in the sunset or in nature can never be sur- 
passed. 




The Throne of David 

By R. I. Humberd, Pastor, Brethren Church, 
Mc Kee, Pa. 




We will divide our studies on this topic, into four 
divisions : 

1. The Throne of David. 

2. When the King will appear. 

3. The credentials and coronation of the King. 

4. When the King Reigns in Zion. 

The throne of David is just as real as the throne 
of England or any other throne: the king is as real 
as any other king; the subjects are as real as those 
of any other kingdom. There are, however, four 
outstanding points of contrast between this throne 
and the other thrones of the earth. 

1. It receives its commission from the fiat of God. 

2. It is the last of earthly kingdoms. 

3. It is a kingdom of absolute power. 

4. It is a kingdom of absolute righteousness. 
Let us now consider these four points separately. 

1. Although it is true that, "The Most High rul- 
eth in the kingdom of men" (D?.n. 4:17), yet it is 
true in a special sense that the throne of David re- 
ce'ves its commission directly from God. 

God told David that when his days were fulfilled, 
He would set up his seed after him which would 
pi-oceed out of his bowels. "I will stablish the throne 
of his kingdom forever. I will be his father and he 
shall be my son." (II Sam. 7:13). 

This passage brings before us the law of double 
reference. Prophecy often has a near and a far 
view. The near view, in this chapter is Solomon ; but 
there are elements that can point only to Christ. 
In fact, part of this pas- 
sage is quoted and applied 
to Christ in the New Testa- 
ment (See. Heb. 1:.5). Also, 
David understood it to 
mean that, "Of the fruit of 
his loins, according to the 
flesh, he would raise up 
Christ to sit upon his 
throne" (Acts 2:30). 

2. It is the last earthly 
kingdom. God gave to Neb- 
uchadnezzar the trend of 
human history to the end 
of time (Dan. 2). Four 
Gentile kingdoms and then 
a fifth kingdom, not of 



THE COMING KING 
By Violet Ursula Fraser 
Who turned back the sun on the dial of Ahaz, 

And stablished the earth hji a changeless decree, 
Led Israel forth between walls of great waters. 
And paved for her passage dry paths through the 
sea? 

Who made in their beauty Pleiades and Orion, 
When morning stars sang in the dawning of tiiwe, 

And mountain peaks rose at His word into splendor. 
Upheld by His power and wisdom divine? 



Though ivar clouds now gather and darkness has 
fallen. 

While nation Lakes counsel with nation in vain. 
The signs of His coming flash forth as the lightning. 

The King in His glory is coming to reign. 



their origin, would bear rule over all the earth. 
Gentile world power was represented by a great 
image. Babylon, was the head of gold. Man would 
have this image upon its head, for great is the 
claim of democracy. However, God has absolute 
monarchy as head of gold. Media-Persia was some- 
what inferior and was represented by silver. Whom 
Nebuchadnezzar would he slew but a king of Persia 
could not even reverse his own decree (see Esther). 
Next came the Greecian thighs of brass, and last on 
the image was the iron rule of Rome. Rome, how- 
ever, is to degenerate into ten kingdoms that are to 
rise out 'of itself (Dan. 7:24). The ten. kingdoms are 
represented in Daniel seven, by ten homs, and in 
Daniel two by ten toes, but the toes have degener- 
erated into clay and iron. It seems that the clay is 
democracy, for, "They shall mingle themselves with 
the people," making a weak form of government. 

The gold gave place to silver, the silver to brass 
and the brass to iron ; but when the iron comes into 
the form of ten kingdoms, a stone will strike the 
image upon its feet and grind it to powder (Dan. 
2:34). "In the days of these kings shall the God 
of heaven set up a kingdom," and He who sits upon 
the throne of that kingdom will be the son of David. 
The other kingdoms gave place to the one which 
followed but this one shall "n.ever be destroyed." 
This stone becomes a great mountain and fills the 
whole earth (Dan. 2:35). It is a universal kingdom: 
"The Lord shall be king over all the earth" (Zech. 
14:9). It is the last that 
shall bear rule over the 
earth, for, "The kingdom 
shall not be left to other 
people, but it shall break in 
pieces and consume all these 
kingdoms and it shall stand 
forever." (Dan.. 2:44). 

Thus, as Babylon gave 
>vay to the throne of Dar- 
ius; and Media-Persia gave 
place to the throne of Alex- 
ander, so the time will come 
when proud Caesar must 
bow before the throne of 
David. And David's throne 



(Continued on page 20) 



January 16, 1937 



11 



The Reappearance of the Empire on the Fateful 



Hills of R 



'rophetic Department 



ome 



Louis S. Bauman 



Continued from last month 



What Happened in Rome on May 9, 1936? 
We wonder whether even devout believers realize 
ust what happened in old Rome on May 9, 1936. 
lussolini stood there on his balcony at the Palazzo 
'enezia, in Caesarian pride and glory, conscious of 
lie fact that he had not only subjugated Ethiopia, 
ut conscious also of a fact of infinitely greater im- 
portance— that he had subjugated the League of 
fations and had successfully challenged the nations 
f all the earth. He stood there, supremely alive to 
le fact that he had accomplished in seven months 
task that the ancient Caesars, mighty as they were, 
ad failed to accomplish — he had conquered the 
abled kingdom of the Queen of Sheba! He stood 
lere, sweetly conscious that he had accomplished 
'hat the whole modern world had declared could 
ot be done in so short a time. Then, with tumultous 
lieers resounding from the throats of tens upon 
ms of thousands of Italians whose exultation was 
kin to worship, the new triumphant Caesar 
louted : 

Officers, noncommissioned officers, privates all 
armed forces of the state in Africa and Italy, Ital- 
ians, men and women! The Italian people have cre- 
ated an empire with their blood ! They will fertilize 
it with their work and will defend it against any one 
with their men! With this supreme assurance, raise 
on high your ensigns, your swords, your hearts ! Af- 
ter fifteen centuries, salute the reappearance of the 
empire on the fateful hills of Rome! 

This speech was followed a week later by the of- 
cial decree setting forth King Victor Emmanuel as 
Emperor of Rome." As the frenzied masses shout- 
i, "Hail the Emperor!" recalling the "Ave Caesar" 
' centuries ago, the little, mustached, modern Cae- 
ir smiled and seemed highly pleased. But, can any 
le be so deceived by those apparently nice little 
)litical and diplomatic hypocrisies as not to know 
ho the Emperor of this restored Empire is to be, 
;cording to Mussolini's plans? Can any one imag- 
e that Mussolini acted in good faith when he pro- 
aimed King Victor Emmanuel the Caesar of this 
isurrected empire? Imagine the modest and un- 
isuming king; who when the one-time vagabond 
'n of a blacksmith marched into his domain and 
Id him to sign on a dotted line, submitted with the 
eekness of a lamb — imagine such a king being a 
lesar, fulfilling Mussolini's ambitious dream of 
orld empire ! Julius Caesar thrice refused the im- 
irial crown, though he took upon himself the full 



exercise of all its powers. It will scarcely be a Victor 
Emmanuel who will be sitting upon the throne when 
Caesar's courtiers will address him again as of old : 
"Caesar, Emperor, Divinity, God!" 

Roman Fascist Legions Again to Rule the World 
According to the New Caesar's Program 
The ink of King Victor Emmanuel had hardly 
dried on that dotted line, back there in October, 
1922, before Mussolini proclaimed to the world his 
political alchemy— a system of government based 
upon the liberty-crushing despotism of a Caesar. 
Speaking to Lady Drummond Hay, he cried: "Liber- 
ty! Is there such a thing as liberty? . . . Mass can- 
not govern mass! Quantity cannot govern quanity! 
I maintain there can be no such thing as liberty!" 
Noticing the bust of the great Julius Caesar in a 
niche in the wall over Mussolini's head. Lady Hay 
asked : "Why do you work with Julius Caesar look- 
ing over your shoulder all the time?" Lady Hay 
says that Mussolini's face took on an inspired ex- 
pression, his eyes a curious dreamy look, and his 
voice sounded strangely moved as he replied almost 
reverently: "He — HE is my ideal, my master — 
Julius Caesar the greatest man that ever was!" 

On November 19, 1925, in the Italian Chamber, 
Mussolini imperiolistically demanded of the Parlia- 
ment to approve laws whereby Fascism, and not the 
Italian Parliament, should become the actual govern- 
ment of Italy. On that occasion, he said : 

It is impossible to hinder Fascism from the inte- 
rior, and I affirm that in Fascism there are princi- 
ples of life and universal character which cannot be 
stopped. All the world feels that the parlimentary 
system, although necessary during the last century, 
is inadequate for modern life. This jninciple is not 
confined to Italy, hut exists for all other countries. 
... I will not menace any country (Oh, no! Inquire 
of Ethiopia!) but in my capacity of chief in this 
government, I warn the entire world. You know me 
as a man who does not speak, but acts. 

The Fascist Creed 
The following year (1926), Mussolini gave to 
Italy and made known to the world, the famous Fas- 
cist Creed, which is nothing less than a blasphem- 
ous parody on the Apostles' Creed. Since that year, 
every schoolboy in Italy has had to be able to quote 
that creed from memory. Every Fascist soldier has 
to know it "by heart." To refresh our memories, 
we quote it here : 

I believe in (1) Rome Eternal, the mother of my 
fatherland; (2) And in Italy, her first born; (3) 



li 



Who was born of her virgin womb by the grace of 
God; (4) Who suffered under the barbarian invader, 
was crucified, slain and buried; (5) Who descended 
into the sepulchre, and rose from the dead in the 
nineteenth century; (6) Who ascended to heaven in 
her glory in 1918 and 1922 (by the march on Rome) ; 
(7) Who is seated at the right hand of Mother 
Rome; (8) Who will come thence to judge the quick 
and the dead; (9) I believe in the genius of Musso- 
lini; (10) In our Holy Father, Fascism, and in the 
communion of its martyrs; (11) In the conversion of 
the Italians; and (12) In the resurrection of the Em- 
pire! Amen. 
. The rest of the world laughed at that, called it 
all bombast, bathos, burlesque, buffoonery, political 
stuff for home consumption, its author a bellicose 
bluffer. The world isn't laughing now ! While Ethio- 
pia lies bleeding at every pore, the victim of the 
greatest international gangster of recent times, the 
world is trying to figure out whether the rest of it 
has enough of powder and shot, and whether the 
steeled sides of its battleships are sufficiently thick, 
to stop the man who "does not talk about acts," 
and to prevent him from imposing his imperial will 
on the rest of mankind. 

Statesmen of Europe, with blanched faces, are 
now recalling that Mussolini, laying the framework 
of Rome's revived empire before him, placed his fin- 
ger on the map of Ethiopia, and said : "That's where 
we start!" They now know where Mussolini has 
started, all right. What they want to know is. Where 
will he end ? The student of the "sure word of proph- 
ecy" long ago knew where the willful king (Dan. 
11 :36) — The Antichrist would start. Daniel, twenty- 
five centuries before Mussolini, put his finger on the 
same spot (Dan. 11 :43) . The saints of God have one 
advantage over the World's befogged and groggy 
statesmen — they knew where the willful one is go- 
ing to end ! And so far as we know, no understand- 
ing saint is feeling bad over the prospect. 
A Madman! 
When that Fascist Creed was promulgated, it was 
suggested in Rome that in due time, France might 
accept an invitation from Mussolini and again be- 
come a part of the glorious Roman Empire also, as 
well as Spain, Greece, Egypt, Asia Minor, the Bal- 
kans ,and all northern Africa. The French newspa- 
per, L'Oeuvre, commented: "Shall we laugh? Shrug 
our shoulders? Shout megalomaniacs — madmen? 
Perhaps. But madmen, if sometimes amusing, are 
more often dangerous !" The world is well aware of 
the fact now — the "madman" has become exceeding- 
ly dangerous! Caesars always are mad, and — dan- 
gerous ! 

In the minds of many who carefully weigh the 
words and deeds of men, Mussolini is a megaloman- 
iac. No one doubts but that Hitler of Germany, is 
such. And what about Salin, of Russia? And, Mus- 
tafa Kemal Pasha, of Turkey? And in the hands of 
these men lies the peace of the world! Poor old 
world ! No wonder there is "upon the earth distress 
of nations, with perplexity ; . . . men's hearts fail- 



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ing them for fear, and for looking after those things 
which are coming on the earth" (Lk. 21:25,26). 
Armageddon 
Madmen enthroned upon the seats of the mighty 
in these last days! Of just such a condition the 
prophets informed us twenty-five centuries ago. We 
have alM^ays maintained that nothing short of a mad- 
dened megalomaniac would be the last great Gentile 
ruler of the nations — the Antichrist ! Nothing short 
of a madman can possibly fulfill the vision of the 
seer of Patmos, as he pictures "the beast" marshal- 
ing his legions and marching to Armageddon. Fail- 
ing to understand this, unbelievers have scoffed at 
a literal fulfillment of the vision : 

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white 
horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful 
and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and 
make war . . . And the armies which were in heaven 
followed him. . . . And I saw the beast, and the 
kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered to- 
gether to make war against him that sat on the 
horse, and against his army (Rev. 19:11-19). 
"Now," we have been told, "no sane man — no 
sane commander, no sane army could ever be so 
audacious as to march forth to engage in combat 
celestial forces descending from the opened heav- 
ens !" We agree. But the army that marches to Arm- 
ageddon will not be sane. It is written in the Word 
that cannot be broken : "In that day, saith the Lord, 
I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his 
rider with madness" (Zech. 12 :4) . In that day, Satan 
himself will be mad— "having great wrath, because 
he knoweth that he hath but a short time" (Rev. 
12:12). And the crowning act of the Antichrist, 
Satan's earthly incarnation will result from the su- 
perb audacity of a superhuman madman. Those who 
follow him, march forth to provide a certain feast 
for buzzards ! 

Yes, that megalomaniacs sit on the thrones of the 
nations today— (and they are not all European 
thrones) — is intensely significant. The words of the 
prophets of the long ago parallel the deeds of the 
kings of earth today. And knowing this, the children 
of Jehovah have no terror as they behold the mad- 
men for the hour in power, raving and ranting and 
shaking their puny fists at the heavens above. God's 
children know that "he that sitteth in the heavens 
shall laugh" (Psa. 2:2-4)— yes and though He 
laughs, yet He must pity with infinite pity! The 
children of God are not dismayed ! On tiptoe, they 
stand in the eagerness of glorious expectation ! They 
know it cannot be long. They look up— wait— yet 
just a little while! Come, Lord Jesus, COME! 



The sceptical Christian says, "Where is the prom- 
ise of His Coming?" 

The carnal Christian says, "My Lord delayeth 
His Coming." 

The ready Christian says, "Even so, come. Lord 
Jesus." 



January 16, 1937 



INTERESTING SCIENTIFIC ACCURACIES IN 
THE BIBLE 

(Continued from Page 9) 
might well ask the unbeliever how it happens that 
John seized upon a symbol which is so accurate even 
from a scientific standpoint? 

The Science of Animal Life 

In the field of the science of animal life we again 
find the Bible discussing and describing many forms 
of life without indulging in the wild and absurd 
ideas which possessed many even of the learned in 
past ages. Uniformed skeptics often accuse the Bible 
of trading in superstition because it mentions the 
"unicarn" (Job. 39:9-12). The Hebrew word is 
"reem," and translators of the Authorized Version, 
with a limited knowledge of the fauna of Bible lands, 
turned evidently for help to the Septuagint which 
translates it by the Greek word "monokeros" mean- 
ing "one-horned." Thus the entirely fabulous "uni- 
corn" was introduced into our English Version. The 
American Revised Version rightly translates the 
word "wild-ox." There is no etymological warrant 
for the assumption that it was a one-homed animal. 
Furthermore, had the translators of 1611 paid strict 
attention to the simple statement in Deuteronomy 
33:17, they could not have made the blunder. It 
reads : "His horns are like the horns of reem"; and 
'reem" is singular, not plural. Little as they knew 
ibout animals, the translators should have known 
;hat if the "reem" had a plurality of horns, he could 
lot be a unicorn ! Thus the Bible not only did not 
nake the error, but actually said enough to guard 
ts translators against the error which they made. 
(Evidently feeling the inconsistency of their render- 
ing, the translators made a plural out of "reem," 
;hus hiding the inconsistency from the English 
^•eader) . 

The Science of Aslyronomy 

To the ancients the stars were countable, and they 
A^ere estimated variously in the neighborhood of a 
;housand. Even the wisest of early observers seems 
lever to have guessed at the incalculable number re- 
pealed by the telescopes of modern science. But Gen- 
esis 15:5 certainly suggests this very thing in the 
TOrds with which Jehovah assured Abraham as to 
;he number of his posterity: "Look now toward 
leaven, and tell the stars, if thou he able to number 
'-'hem ... So shall thy seed be. The same idea is 
ntimated in Isaiah 40 :25, 26. Certainly it would not 
)e any infinite exhibition of power to name a thous- 
md stars! 

It is also well known that the ancient speculators 
lad their theories of how the earth was supported, 
some put it on adamant pillars ; others had it on the 
)ack of an immense tortoise which rested on a 
soiled serpent. Still others thought huge elephants 
ipheld it. The myth of the giant Atlas was once in 
rood standing. How did the Bible writers avoid 



these absurdities? This restraint in itself would be 
a most remarkable accomplishment. But Job actually 
describes the exact situation, using of course the 
language of appearance, when he says, "He . . . 
hangeth the earth upon nothing" (26:7). 

The Science of Heterology 

We understand quite well today why it is that the 
constant flowing of the rivers into the sea does not 
finally concentrate all the water there. But it was not 
always understood. Consider now the accurate obser- 
vation of the writer of Ecclesiastes : "All the rivers 
run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the 
place from whence the rivers come, thither they re- 
turn again" {1:1). Nothing could be more accurate. 
Solomon, however, does not tell us how the rivers 
get back to the place from whence they came. But 
Job will tell you that : "Behold, God is great, and we 
know him not ; the number of his years is unsearch- 
able. For he draweth ujy the drops of tvater, which 
distil in rain from his vapor, which the skies pour 
down" (36:26, 28, R.V.). About the only fault that 
any scientist could find with this statement is that 
God is made the author of the whole process, which 
is heresy to a certain school of thought. The Bible 
writers, however, saw no reason to keep their the- 
ology and their science in separate, air-tight com- 
partments. 

The Science of Physics 

Doubtless the most interesting phenomenon in the 
field of physics is light. Very early we find the 
Greeks speculating as to its nature, but they were 
more interested in the metaphysical aspect than in 
experimentation. From Hero of Alexandria to Mich- 
elson of Chicago, the phenomena have been investi- 
gated with the result that, however various the hy- 
potheses may be, it is now certain that light is a 
form of energy which comes within the general the- 
ory of radiation. No energy, no light. Thus the logi- 
cal order is first, energy ; second, light. 

The first three verses of Genesis, written 3,500 
years ago, accurately reproduce this very order. The 
first verse describes the original creation of the uni- 
verse. The first part of the second verse describes 
a catastrophe, caused doubtless by judgment, where- 
by "the earth was (became) waste and void; and 
darkness was upon the face of the deep" (R.V.) . Into 
this chaos came the Spirit of God, and, we are told, 
"moved upon the face of the waters." The verb is 
"rachaph," which is once used to describe the "flut- 
tering" of an eagle's wings (Deut. 32:11), and once 
of the "shaking" of a human body in grief (Jer. 23: 
9). Probably no Hebrew word could better express 
what we called today "oscillation." Thus energy is 
divinely introduced into the darkness, and immedi- 
ately following we read the words : "And God said. 
Let there be light : and there was light." 

In an unscientific age or even in our own age, we 
might expect to find in such a description that light 



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would be immediately introduced into the darkness. 
But Moses, far in advance of his day, puts the di- 
vine "oscillation" between the darkness and the 
light, making the order: (1) Darkness, (2) Energy, 
(3) Light, upon which it would be difficult to im- 
prove even in our day of scientific enlightenment. 

The Science of Geology 

In the field of geology probably the most violent 
criticism of the Bible is to the effect that it teaches 
a flat earth. Now the truth of the matter is that not 
only does the Bible not teach a flat earth, but that 
it also actually teaches certain things which cannot 
possibly be reconciled with any view except that of 
a round earth. Isaiah 40:22 alone should have made 
the critics cautious in their strictures : "It is he that 
sitteth upon the cifcle of the earth," says the prophet 
of God. A circle is round, not flat, as everybody 
knows. 

But the most remarkable teaching on this point 
comes in Matthew 24:27, 40 and Luke 17:34. A 
round earth which revolves produces the phenomena 
of day and night in different places at the same in- 
stant. 

Of course, our Lord knew all about the shape of 
the earth. He made it. Certainly He did not come 
to teach men the facts of geology, but when He 
speaks. His words will be found in accord with such 
facts. 

The Science of Coloring 

Perhaps this should be called an art, but it is an 
art which rests upon a scientific basis. Artists and 
critics have not always been agreed as to the true 
basis of coloring, but Ruskin, whose opinions on the 
subject are worthy of attention, named the follow- 



ing colors: "Blue, purple, and scarlet, with white 
and gold," and spoke of them as "the fixed base of 
all coloring with the workmen of every age, and the 
invai'iable base of all beautiful missal-painting" 
("Modern Painters"). 

Now in Exodus 28:2 Moses was instructed of God 
to make "holy garments for Aaron thy brother for 
glory and for beauty," and in verse 5 the very colors 
to be used are divinely selected. They were "gold, and 
blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen." 

Certainly I do not think that God commanded these 
particular colors to be used merely to show that He 
was acquainted with what Ruskin called the "fixed 
base" of coloring. The garments of the high priest 
were intended to speak typically of our blessed 
Lord. The "gold" speaks of the infinite value of His 
person ; He is the eternal Son. The "blue" is the col- 
or of heaven ; the "second man is the Lord from 
heaven." "Purple" is the color of royalty; He is 
"the King of Kings." The "scarlet" speaks of His 
poured-out blood by which we were redeemed. The 
"fine linen" (white) tells of His spotless purity "as 
of a lamb without blemish and without spot." 

Take away even one of these colors, and the "sac- 
red chord" of color is broken in an awful sense. Only 
such a Christ as the Christ of the Bible could be 
the perfect Savior of the world, the eternal Son of 
the Father, King of the ages, perfect in righteous- 
ness, coming down from heaven to pour out His own 
blood for sinners. Let us thank God for the gold, and 
the blue, and the purple, and the scarlet, and the 
fine linen, with which antitypically the divine Artist 
wrought His masterpiece of redemption for a lost 
world. 



CHRISTIAN LIFE DEPARTMENT 

"Christ in you the Hope oF Glory" Col. 1 :27 



DEFEAT, ITS CAUSE AND 
CURE 

By R. W. Neighbour 

JOSHUA, CHAPTER 7 
But the children of Israel commit- 
ted a trespass in the accursed thing: 
for Achan, the son of Carmi the son of 
Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the trib? 
of Judah, took of the accursed thing: 
and the anger of the Lord was kindled 
against the children of Israel. 

And Joshua sent men from Jericlw 
to Ai, which is beside Bethaven, on the 
east side of Bethel, and spake unto 
them, saying. Go up and vieiv the 
country. Ayid the m,en went up and 
viewed Ai. 

And they returned to Joshua, anil 
said unto him, Let not all the people go 



up; but let about two or three thousand 
men go up and smite Ai; and make not 
all the people to labour thither; for 
they are hut few. 

So there went up thither of the peo- 
ple about three thousand men : and 
they fled before the men of Ai. 

And the men of Ai smote of them 
about thirtji and six men: for they 
chased them from before the gate even 
unto Shebarim, and smote them in the 
going down: wherefore the hearts of 
the people melted, and became as wa- 
ter. 

And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell 
to the earth upon his face before the 
ark of the Lord until the eventide, he 
and the elders of Israel, and put dust 
upon their heads. 

And Joshua said, Alas, Lord God, 
wherefore hast thou at all brought this 



l>eople over Jordan, to deliver us into 
the hand of the Amorites, to destron 
us? would to God we had been con- 
tent, and dwelt on the other side Jor- 
dan! 

O Lord, what shall I say, when /.s- 
rael turneth their backs before their 
enemies! 

For the Ca.naanites and all the i)i- 
habitants of the land shall hear of it, 
and shall environ us round, and cut 
off our name from the earth: and what 
wilt thou do unto thy great name? 

And the Lord said unto Joshua, Get 
thee ui); ivherefore liest thou thus upon 
thy face? 

Israel hath sinned, and they have also 
transgressed my covenant ivhich I 
commanded them: for they have even 
taken of the accursed thing, and have 
also stolen, and dissembled also, and 
they have put it even among their oivn 
stuff. 

Therefore the children of Israel coidd 
not stand before their enemies, but 
turned their backs before their en- 
emies, because then were accursed: nei- 
ther will I be with you any more, ex- 
cept ye destroy the accursed from 
among you. 



January 16, 1937 



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Up, sanctify the people, and sai/, 
Sanctifij yourselves against to-morrow : 
for thus saith the Lord God of Israel, 
There is an accursed thing in the midst 
of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand 
before thine enemies, until ye take away 
the accursed thing from among you. 

In the morning therefore ye shall he 
brought according to your tribes : and 
it shall be, that the tribe which the 
Lord taketh shall comie according to 
the families thereof; and the family 
which the Lord shall take shall come by 
households; and the household which 
the Lord shall take shall come by man. 

And it shall be, that he that is taken 
with the accursed thing shall be bwi-nt 
with fire, he and all that he hath: be- 
cause he hath transgressed the coven- 
ant of the Lord, and because he hath 
wrought folly in Israel. 

So Joshua rose up early in the morn- 
ing, and brought Israel by their tribes; 
and the tribe of Judah ivas taken: 

And he brought the famihi of Judah; 
and he took the famihi of the Zarliites: 
and he brought the family of the Zar- 
hites man by man; and Zabdi was tak- 
en: 

And he brought his household man 
by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, 
the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of 
the tribe of Judah, was taken. 

And Joshua said unto AcJian, My 
son, give, I pray thee, glory to the 
Lord God of Israel, and make confes- 
>ion unto him; and tell me now what 
Ihou hast done; hide it not from me. 

And Achan answered Joshua, and 
said, indeed I have sinned against the 
Lord God of Israel, and thus and thus 
Mve / done: 

When I saw among the spoils a good- 
y Babylonish garment, and two hun- 
ired shekels of silver, and a wedge of 
told of fifty shekels weight, then I 
•■oveted them, and took them; and, be- 
laid, they are hid in the earth in the 
nidst of my tent, and the silver under 
t. 

So Joshua sent iivessengers, and they 
•an unto the tent; and, behold, it was 
lid in his tent, and the silver under 
t. 

And they took them out of the midst 
<f the tent, and brought them, unto 
'oshua, and unto all the children of 
srael, and laid them, out before the 
jord. 

And Joshua, and all Israel with him., 
ook Achan the son of Zerah, and the 
ilver, and the garment, and the wedge 
i gold, and his sons, and daughters, 
'Md his oxen, and his asses, and his 
heep, and his tent, and all that he 
lad: and they brought them unto the 
'alley of Achor. 

And Joshua said. Why hast thou 
roubled us? the Lord shall trouble thee 
his day. And all Israel stoned him 
uith stones, and burned them with fire, 
■fter they had stoned them with stones. 

And they raised over him a great 
leap of stones unto this day. So the 
lOrd turned from the fierceness of his 
nger. Wherefore the name of that 



place was called. The valley of Achor, 
unto this day. 

One Saturday evening as I was busi- 
ly engag-ed preparing for the Sunday 
services, there was a knock on the front 
door. The visitor proved to be some- 
what under the influence of intoxicat- 
ing liquor and desired the privilege of a 
conference. 

With tears streaming down his face, 
the stranger told me that he was a 
slave to human passions for drink. In 
despair he wondered if there were any 
hope of release from his passions. 

How many millions just like him! 
Slaves not to men but to their pas- 
sions. Slaves of Satan. 

Is there any freedom for the slave? 
Yes, thank God! What hospitals, self- 
will and psychologists cannot do, an 
Almighty God cayi do. 

And yet, there are many Christians 
who are still seeking this freedom that 
is by right theirs but they are still be- 
ing defeated at the hands of Satan. 

When Joshua sent a few thousand 
men to attack the men of Ai, he as- 
sumed that victory was an easy mat- 
ter. He never dreamed of defeat. Yet 
the children of Israel were sorely 
pressed and completely humiliated by 
a few men of Ai. 

The forces of Satan may appear 
weak, but when Satan has root in our 
hearts he is not willing to give up his 
citadel without a fight. The men of Ai 
were not willing to move out of their 
own land and meet death and defeat 
without a fight. They were not willing 
to hand over their possessions to Israel 
and accept death without protest. Nei- 
ther is victory over Satan and sin and 
evil habit an easy matter in the Chris- 
tian's life. 

Don't think for one moment that a 
Christian can determine to live right 
and accomplish it merely by a self-de- 
termination. Satan is not that easily de- 
throned. Don't underestimate his 
strength. 

And yet, did not Gideon defeat 
thousands of the IVIidianites with only 
three hundred men? Did not the chil- 
dren of Israel overthrow Jericho by 
simply marching around the walls of 
the city seven days in succession. Yes 
and no. 

God overthrew the Midianites; Gid- 
eon did not. Likewise the walls of Jeri- 
cho fell not because the steps of a mul- 
titude shook them but because the an- 
gels of God shook them. 

It is God who wins our battles. Israel 
could not defeat little Ai without God. 
So neither can we defeat the smallest 
desire of the flesh without God. "With- 
out me ye can do nothing," Christ said. 
When we meet defeat we may rightly 
assume that God is not fighting our 
battles. When God fights, we always 
win. In other words defeat means that 
we have lost the favor of God and by 
doing so have lost our only means of 
victory. 

There is only one way we can lose 
God's favor, fellowship and power. That 
way is SIN. "Israel hath sinned," God 



informed Joshua when Joshua sought 
the reason for their defeat at the 
hands of Ai. 

I would call to your attention the 
fact that God addressed Israel as a 
whole and accused all Israel of the sin 
that only one family committed. 

Israel was a unit in the sight of God. 
For one part of that unit made the 
entire body, as a whole, guilty before 
God. 

God could not bless any one part of 
that unit without blessing the whole. 

The church is a unity in God's sight. 
He cannot bless the church as long as 
there is a hypocrite in the midst. 

Our body is a unit in God's sight. 
We cannot expect victory in part 
unleFS there is victory in the whole. 
Your foot cannot walk into paths of 
sin unless your whole body walks with 
it. Your eyes cannot sin without the 
consent of the mind and body. Your 
will empowers the eyes and the body 
places them in a position to see evil. 

The man who expects God to give 
him victory in everything but one point 
is ridiculously wrong. 

_A man once asked me how he could 
win victory over a desire to drink. 
"Stop playing cards and smoking," I 
said. "I see nothing wrong in them," 
was his answer. 

"That may all be," I replied, "but 
God does." And as long as God is dis- 
pleased with that sin in your life He 
will not be pleased to give you victory 
over the sin that displeases you. A hid- 
den sin or an unknown sin, or a sin 
that we may think all right is never- 
theless a sin, and displeases God. 

To have complete victory we must 
be completely rid of all sin known and 
unknown. 

A cancer may eat the life out of a 
person and they might never so much 
as know that they have a cancer. Our 
knowledge of sin in our lives may be 
small, but our defeat proves that there 
is a cancer somewhere gnawing in our 
spiritual life. You cannot be well spir- 
itually until God operates and removes 
that hidden unknown cancer. 

Joshua knew something was wrong 
because of defeat, but he did not know 
what was wrong. God did. He always 
does. Nothing is ever hidden from God. 
Neither can we stop sinning grad- 
ually. We depend on God for our vic- 
tory and He will never give us victory 
as long as we try to hang onto the 
thing that is wrong even in part. 

Once upon a time, the story goes, 
there was an old woman who had a 
habit of drinking tea. Now drinking 
tea may not in itself be an evil habit, 
but any habit is evil, if abused. This 
woman abused the habit of drinking 
tea. She became a tea fiend. 

One day she decided to rid herself 
of this habit. So she started drinking 
one cup less of tea each day. She erased 
the letter H from the habit. But she 
still had in that word, ABIT. In 
other words, "a bit" of tea. 

She drank two less cups of tea a day 
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word HABIT and the word spelled 
"B I T." Still a "bit" of tea, you know, 
and still had "I T." 

She drank four less cups and erased 
four letters from the word habit and 
to her dismay she still had T. The old 
habit of drinking tea was with her 
stronger than ever. 

Of course that never really happened, 
I suppose, but there are many Chris- 
tians trying that foolish way of over- 
coming sin. They smoke one less cigar- 
ette each day. Or else gradually taper 
off their evil acts seeking victory. But 
they never have the victory they seek. 
And they never will have victory until 
they "come clean" one hundred per cent 
for God. For they cannot have victory 
without God and He will not give vic- 
tory in part. It must be in the whole. 

Israel was almost pure but not en- 
tirely. Therefore she failed altogeth- 
er. 

Defeat always means suffering, em- 
barrassment and destruction. 

The suffering of defeat is illustrated 
in the death of thirty-six men at the 
hands of Ai. Christians who are living 
lives of defeat are always living lives 
of severe suffering. 

Embarrassment is illustrated m 
Joshua's prayer to God in which he 
recognizes that the Canaanites would 
hear of the defeat of God's chosen peo- 
ple before the handful of the men of 
Ai. It is always embarrassing for the 
Christian to be compelled to admit to 
the unsaved that they cannot live the 
life Christ wants them to live, or to ad- 
mit by force of evidence that there is 
no victory over the "Powers of Dark- 
ness." It is a shame when Christians 
flee before the forces of Satan in de- 
feat. 

Destruction is illustrated in the pos- 
sibility of the Canaanites swooping 
down upon Israel and destroying her. 
The salt that has lost its savour is al- 
ways in danger of being trodden under 
foot of men. The Christian who loses 
the respect of the world will be trad- 
den under foot. We either conquer the 
forces of Satan or else face the danger 
of atheism swamping us. Russia is an 
illustration of that fact. A defeated 
Christendom means martyrdom. Mar- 
tyrdom means a purer church with re- 
newed power. 

Many Christians have a false idea 
that they can sit at will, and then, as 
soon as their memory fails to remind 
them of their transgression, continue in 
the way of power. What falacious rea- 
soning! Do you think that God forgets 
as quickly as you do? It is not a ques- 
tion of soothing your own conscience 
but rather a question of satisfying the 
righteousness of a just God. 

When Mary and Joseph lost the child 
Jesus they found him in exactly the 
same spot they had left Him; in the 
temple of God. And when we lose our 
power, and experience our defeat, we 
must return to the place we left Him. 
We cannot go on until we have con- 
fessed our sin. Each step after defeat 
is another step away from God. We 



must return to Him at His Temple 
where we will find Him. Sin cannot be 
simply forgotten; it must be confessed. 

Therefore God spoke to Joshua and 
said, "neither will I be with you any 
more, except ye destroy the accursed 
from among you." Joshua 7:12. 

We will continue to face defeat until 
we have destroyed the accursed thing. 
Yes, even if it is a hidden thing. For if 
God be not with us neither can we win 
the battle. So of necessity we must de- 
stroy sin in our lives if we would have 
victory the remainder of our days. 

Many critics of God and His Word, 
who have endeavored to pit their puny 
little brains against an Almighty God, 
have criticized God for destroying Ach- 
an's tent and possessions and family 
with him because of the sin that was 
committed. "Could his family help it 
that Achan sinned?" they ask. Was it 
justice to punish the entire family? 

God is always just and right in His 
judgments and demands. Who art 
thou, O man, to question the Creator, 
the all knowing, all wise God? 

Did not Achan's tent hide the ac- 
cursed thing? Did not his family hide 
it by their silence? Why did they 
thwart the justice of God by hiding a 
known sin of another and permit all 
Israel to meet defeat at the hand of 
Satan and cause thirty-six men to die? 
Their sin of silence was a sin of mur- 
der! 

Christ said if you have aught against 
a man, to go to him. We are com- 
manded to restore such a one in the 
spirit of meekness. Galatians 6:1. If 
the church meets defeat at the hand 
of the sin of a brother and you know 
of that sin and do not go to him and 
tell him, you are a partaker of his sin. 
According to Christ in Matthew the 
eighteenth chapter, you must take an- 
other brother with you if you fail to 
help your brother, and finally you must 
bring the matter before the whole 
church if the brother still continues to 
persist in his sin. 

And my good friends, likewise, what 
of the many who hide or at least seek 
to hide their sin from God? Is not 
your entire flesh guilty before God? 
Yes. We are altogether corrupt in the 
sight of God. All flesh is evil in His 
sight. Therefore we must crucify the 
entire flesh and not the flesh in part. 

There is now no doubt in the mind 
of any of you that the cause of defeat 
is sin, whether open or hidden, because 
God will not give victory when there is 
sin of any type in our lives. Then 
what is the remedy for the defeated 
saint of God? 

God told Joshua to "up, SANCTIFY 
the people." There is the remedy. 

This process of sanctification was 
twofold. 

First, Joshua was told to bring the 
people before God that God might point 
out the cause of the defeat. 

Joshua did not know what was wrong. 
He did not know who was at fault. 
Even so, we cannot judge the fault and 
sin in our own lives. I Cor. 4:3,4. 



God must do that. He knows all things. 
Nothing is hidden from Him. His judg- 
ment is always right and is not to be 
questioned. 

Achan must have felt very uncom- 
fortable when the judgment took place 
and the finger of God pointed his way. 
There was no denying the fact of sin 
then. There was no escape from guilt. 
God had spoken. I might mention a 
multitude of sins and fail to mention 
yours, but God is able to tell you ex- 
actly what is wrong with your life. 

However there must be a willingness , 
and yieldedness on your part to God I 
before this judgment will take place. 
When you become so in earnest with j 
God that you throw your life open to ' 
Him for His searchlight to uncover the 
hidden sins. He will surely do so and 
accurately. 

When the sin was brought to light 
God told Joshua what to do. "He that 
is taken with the accursed thing shall 
be burnt with fire. 

Are we not told to crucify the old' 
man? Shall we not utterly burn him 
with fire? If we do not what is the use 
of asking God wherein we fail? Andi 
yet some people are not willing to give 
up the very sins that God has shown i 
them to be the cause of their down-' 
fall. 

There will be no victory until God'$ 
command is obeyed. Until we lay or 
the altar every little sin "that doth sc 
easily beset us" and the secret sinsi 
we love so much, we will continue t( 
flee before the powers of darkness and 
be the laughing stock of the world. 

Satan will tremble when saints ar( 
thoroughly yielded to God to do Hif 
will and do it fully. 

After Achan was slain he was buriec 
beneath stones. Baptism by immersioi 
is a burial service. But we need to ex 
perience this burial ser-vice daily. "Le 
us approach the throne of gi-ace daily.'» 
We need to. It is not enough to confes: 
our sin to God once for all as somi 
would teach. No, we need a daily con 
fession; a daily cleansing; a daily burn 
ing of judgment; a daily burial service 
Bury your old man, your sin. Be doni 
with it. Remember, "If we would judg 
ourselves we would not be judged." 
Corinthians 11:31. | 

— In tract form from authoii 



WE BESEECH THEE, LORD 

May otir home be 
A candle's mellow gleam, 
A hearth-fire glowing bright, 
A beacon in the night. 

May our hoTne give 
Shelter to Thy poor: 
Lead wayfaring feet 
To our open door. 

May our home be 
A sign-post on the road, — 
May every pilgrim see 
An altar raised to God! 

— Martha Snell NichoUi 



Jamiary 16, 1937 



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WHAT MANNER OF MAN IS THIS? 

Jesus Christ was born in the mean- 
est of circumstances, but the air above 
'was filled with the hallelujahs of the 
jheavenly host. His lodging was a cattle 
[pen, but a star drew distinguished vis- 
jitants from afar to do him homage. 

His birth was contrary to the laws 
of life. His death was contrary to the 
law.s of death. No miracle is so inex- 
plicable as His life and teaching. 

He had no cornfields or fisheries, but 
He could spread a table for 5,000 and 
have bread and fish to spare. He 
walked on the waters and they sup- 
ported Him. 

When he died few men mourned, but 
I black crepe was hung over the sun. 
Though men trembled not for their sins, 
i.he earth shook under the load. 

!' Three years He preached His Gos- 
el. He wrote no book, built no church, 
ad no money back of Him. After 1900 
ears. He is the one central character 
f human history, the perpetual theme 
)f all preaching, the pivot around which 
!he events of the age revolve, the only 
legenerator of the human race. 

What thinking man can keep from 
xclaiming: "My Lord and my God!" 
— Kieth L. Brooks 



i Christian Endeavor Department 
I 

j MISS MILDRED FURRY, News Editor 

! 626 Somerset St., Johnstown, Pa. 

2 REV. L. E. LINDOWER, C. E. Topic Editor 

! 120 N. Bronson St., Warsaw, Ind. 



AMERICAN PAGANISM 

(From Christian Action) 
Mrs. E. Stanley Jones, wife of the 
istinguished missionary to India, re- 
timing home from the foreign field af- 
yc an absence of several years, was 
sked to give her impression of Amer- 
1. She wrote: 

"We were amazed: (1) To find cur- 
sives in a city where we had to go 
ungry because we could discover no 
lace to eat which did not also sell 
eer. (2) To see miles of glaring adver- 
sing imploring us to drink, smoke or 
isit roadhouses. (3) To see men, wom- 
n and girls smoking, drinking, carous- 
ig in saloons and at cock-tail bars. 
i) To hear oaths and vulgar expres- 
ons on the lips of high school and col- 
!ge girls of good families. (5) To find 
D many churches closed on Sunday eve- 
iings, but motion picture places open 
fide and busy. (6) Inability to find a 
jiid-week prayer meeting, but rather 
brums, dramas, scouting, dancing, 
Iridge in church parlors. (7) To find 
aurches being sold for debt, benevolent 
udgets cut, Christian work of all kinds 
Ut because of lack of funds, people un- 
ple to work and losing their jobs, but 
t the same time, apparently, having 
ilenty of money for sport, motor cars, 
jixuries and indulgences. (8) To find 
le nastiness of the modem literature 
iiat was sampled. (9) To find America 
nning more and more to nudity, li- 
nse and pagan painting, while heath- 
people when converted tend to stop 
ch practices and move toward mod- 
ty, chastity and restraint. (10) To 
nd crooning and jazz a recognized 
brm of public entertainment." 
i Mrs. Jones of India stands in horror 
' American paganism. 



Topic for January 31 
THE GREAT COMMISSION 

Matt. 28:1-20 
SUB-TOPICS 

1. The Authority of the Risen Christ: 
"All authority is given unto me in heav- 
en and on earth" (Col. 2:10; John 17: 
2). 

2. The Direct Command: "Go ye 
therefore" (Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; 
John 21:16, last clause). 

3. The Command to Evangelize: "Dis- 
cipling the nations" (II Cor. 5:17-21). 

4. The Command to Organize: "Bap- 
tizing them into the name of the Fa- 
ther, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Spirit" (Acts 2:41-42). 

5. The Command to Teach: "Teach- 
ing them to observe all tilings, what- 
soever I have commanded you" Matt. 
28:20). 

6. The Promise of the Presence: 
"And lo, I am vpith you all the days, 
even to the end of the age" (Heb. 13: 
5; Mark 16:19-20). 

(The translations above are taken 
literally from the Greek. Notice them 
carefully). 

ORDER OF SERVICE 

(It is expected that the order of serv- 
ice will have to be varied for different 
societies. This one may be too long for 
the candle-lighting service at the end. 
The time should be carefully planned 
so that there will be enough left, and 
the service will not have to be rushed). 

1. Songs, "0 Zion Haste," and "We've 
a Story to Tell to the Nations." 

2. Scripture reading, "Matt. 28:1-20." 

3. Prayer for Missions and Mission- 
aries individually, and especially the C. 
E. missionary, "Jake" Kliever). 

4. Special music. 

5. Leader's talk. 

6. Sub-topics one, two and three. 

7. Song, "To the Work, to the Work." 

8. Sub-topics four, five and six. 

9. Missionary News and Views. 

10. Discussion of Hard Points. 

11. Song, "Rescue the Perishing." 

12. Closing "Candle-Lighting" serv- 
ice. (As each one lights his candle from 
the leader's candle, he is symbolizing 
the light which he has received from 
Christ. The light is the message of sal- 
vation. He is now responsible to give 
light to others from his). 

MISSIONARY NEWS AND VIEWS 

For our missionary topics, in the 
place of "Search the Scriptures," we 
will substitute this paragraph. This 



should include both home and foreign 
missions. The field of missions is the 
world, and the home field is no less a 
part than the foreign. The material 
for these subjects can be gleaned from 
the home and foreign missionary num- 
bers of the Brethren Evangelist. News 
can be gathered from the letters from 
missionaries and mission pastors, the 
editorials, business of the boards, etc. 
Views can be reviews of one or more 
missionary articles. Four people can 
be given assignments: — two for news — 
one home, one foreign; two for views 
— one home, one foreign; or just two 
assignments: — one home missions, the 
other foreign missions; or one news of 
both and the other views fi-om both. 
This must be prepared beforehand, and 
be sure the articles are not read to the 
society. 

HARD POINTS EXPLAINED 
The Importance of Missions 

Strange to say, with the gospel, the 
more we give away the more we have! 
An active interest in missions is es- 
sential to good Christian life and serv- 
ice, whether in individuals or in 
churches. A good way to kill a church 
is to be selfish in missionary giving 
and activity. There is something radi- 
cally wrong in the church, since we 
have so many more willing to work 
at home, than those willing to go to 
lands where the gospel has not been 
preached. Africa is just as much a 
field for the gospel as the U. S., yet 
we keep preaching the message over 
and over here, while in Africa there 
are thousands who have never heard 
it. Surely someone is saying "No" to 
the Lord's call to take His salvation 
to those who never heard it. The Lord's 
blessing will increase upon us, in pro- 
portion as we take care of missions. 

The Meaning of "Evangelize" 

Our text says we are to "disciple" 
or "evangelize" the nations. The form- 
er word would signify to call out those 
who would be His disciples from among 
the nations. The church is, according 
to the Greek, the "called-out body" of 
believers. To "evangelize" means to 
publish the "evangel" or good news of 
salvation. (Compare Mark 13:10). No- 
where are we asked to convert the 
world. We can't convert anyone. We 
take them the message; the Lord con- 
verts those who believe. It is their 
privilege to accept or reject; it is our 
duty to take them the message. This 
is evangelization. It repudiates the ex- 



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cuse of those who say, "We ought to 
finish our work at home before we try 
to convert the heathen." The Lord 
knew that we would never convert 
everybody at home. There are always 
those who will reject the Lord. It is 
our responsibility to see that everyone 
has an opportunity to accept him. 

Baptism 

We Brethren believe we follow liter- 
ally the instructions our Lord gave us. 
The formula of our text teaches us a 
three-fold baptism, because of the 
trinity of God. Baptism is the outward 
sign of an inward change. Its symbol- 
ism is described in Rom. 6:1-11. No- 
tice that we are to baptize disciples, 
not sinners. We are baptized because 
we are saved, rather than in order to 
be saved. It is reasonable that when 
one accepts the free gift of salvation 
which the Lord graciously offers, and 
when one has been born again, he will 
want to let the world know that his 
life has been changed. Baptism is this 
outward testimony, which the Lord has 
ordained. Every disciple preaches his 
first sermon by his baptism. The mes- 
sage is that he has now died with 
Christ to sin, been buried with Him, 
and risen again to a new life in Christ 
Jesus. He is expected then to live out 
the assertion he has made by this act. 
What a privilege and joy we ought to 
count it to "observe all things, whatso- 
ever" He has commanded us! 

PRACTICAL POINTS 

Perhaps many societies will use the 
last Sunday of the month as Consecra- 
tion Sunday. At this time they will an- 
swer the roll-call with Scripture verses 
or testimonies. Offerings will probably 
be taken at every meeting. If so, the 
offering of this Sunday may be taken 
especially for the missionary projects 
of Brethren C. E. It might be well to 
give for Jewish missions one month, 
home missions the next, and foreign 
missions the third. An appeal can be 
made beforehand, so that everyone can 
come prepared to give as much as they 
are able. 



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? GOD'S SILENCE 

? I hear the traffic of the street 

% But not the white world o'er 

T town; 

j / hear the gun at sunset roar, 

? I do not hear the sun go down. 

± ■ 

T Are work and workmen greater 

4- when 

% The trumpet bloivs their fame 

J abroad? 

4- Nowhere on earth is found the 

•5- man 

£ Who works as silently as God. 

% — Author Unknown. 



V. 1. DUKER 

Prelident 

Goihen, Ind. 



NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 
ASSOCIATION 

S. M. WHETSTONE 
Editor for January 



V. LEATHERMAN 
General Secretary 
Berlin. Pa. 

M. A. STUCKEY 

Treaiurer 

Aihland, Ohio 



THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND THE 
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER 

(Second in Series) 

By J. Ray Klingensmith 

III. The third great loss which we 
must somewhere repair is the passing 
of the Bible from the public school. 

While the Protestants provide a to- 
tal of 52 hours per year in their Sun- 
day School program in which Biblical 
instraction may be given to the child, 
the Jews require no less than 325 hours 
for the same year. The Catholics de- 
mand no less than 200 hours of that 
year in which to train their children. 
Unprepared teachers, irregular attend- 
dance, shortened periods of instruction, 
and unbiblical lessons, reduce the Pro- 
testant teaching values from 52 hours 
per year to 17. And we honestly won- 
der sometime just how much of that 
17 hours is given to teaching of the 
Bible. It is one thing to talk about 
something; it is quite another to teach 
something. The child enters Sunday 
School at the age of four and drops 
out, generally, at fourteen, thus giv- 
ing us just ten years to teach prac- 
tically all that the average Sunday 
School scholar will ever know about 
the Word of God. Considering that the 
average Sunday School has taught him 
the equivalent of 17 hours per year, 
that makes the total 170 hours of 
teaching for ten years, or about one 
half as much as the Jews teach their 
children in one year! And in the entire 
ten years we have not taught our chil- 
dren as much as the Catholic Church 
has taught their children in one year! 
And when we not only consider our de- 
ficiency in the number of hours, but 
also remember that in some of our 
Sunday Schools any one is siezed upon 
as a substitute teacher whether pre- 
pared or not, we can blame ourselves 
for the lack of appreciation of God's 
Word in Protestantism today. Too 
many of our Sunday School teachers 
have considered their work well done 
when they have "kept them interested"; 
but in what have they kept them in- 
terested? One child not long ago came 
home from Sunday School class with 
the interesting story of Babe Ruth's 
life! The baby Jesus would have fur- 
nished much better material for a Sun- 
day School teacher. 

We have another issue facing our 
Protestant churches today when we 
have turned over the teaching profes- 
sion to many such teachers as are not 



qualified. They are not spiritual 
enough to be concerned about the ma- 
jor tenents of the Bible, and in many 
cases will scarcely study long enough 
on their Sunday School lesson to teach 
it to a class. 

But what are we going to do about it 
all? Well, to start with, we cannot 
banish all that we have inherited 
through our drifting into carelessness. 
We cannot possibly replace the teach- 
ing ministry, only as congregations 
choose to do so. We cannot replace the 
passing American home. The fads and 
urges of a nation aren't remedied by a 
few of us. As long as the wheels of 
industry remain in large cities we will 
face the effect of it. Neither can we 
bring back the Bible to the public 
school. And if we did it would prob- 
ably receive a modernistic emphasis in 
too many instances. What then can we 
as Sunday School workers do about it 
all ? To start with, we can use a posi- 
tive influence in our own Sunday 
School. And particularly can we teach- 
ers rise to the occasion when we are so 
badly needed, and carry out our work 
in an effective way. A few suggestions 
follow: 

1. Be a good TEACHER. Your busi- 
ness is not to successfully keep the 
child's attention until the bell rings, 
although a good teacher will do that 
too. Your business is to fill that schol- 
ar's heart with the Word of God in 
such a systematic method that it is 
clear, and applicable in his own very 
life. To do this you must study your 
own situation. Most assuredly the 
Primary teacher cannot teach it just 
like the Men's Bible Class teacher 
would; but she can teach it just as 
effectively if she will plan to do so. 
You must have right quarterlies, and 
they must be studied. The proper leaf- 
lets to suit the age of your class is 
important. Then the seating of the 
class, and the lighting effect has much 
to do with the comfort of the scholar. 
You, teacher, will be the only one to 
look out for these things, so do them. 
Then ask God to help you in teaching 
the lesson as He wants it taught. There 
is someone in your class perhaps that 
He has been dealing with all week. 
He'll need you to do something defin- 
ite, if you get close enough to hear 
Him. Teach for a purpose. 

2. Be a good visitor. The common 
sin of the Sunday School teacher is 
conceit. Although the pastor must visit, 
and the business world must make con- 
tacts, and even many of our public 
school teachers find it necessary to call 
in the homes of their pupils, — we the 



January 16, 1937 

Sunday School teachers remain solid in 
our contention that "We'll teach the 
lesson if they come." And many of 
them aren't coming. Dr. Brown tells 
the story of a boy who was very reg- 
ular in Sunday School and suddenly 
dropped out. The teacher marked "left" 
over his name in the class book, with- 
out seeking the cause of his absence, 
rhe superintendent noticed the word 
'left", and not being satisfied decided 
o call on the boy. He found him in the 
lelirium of a fever, calling the name 
)f his Sunday School teacher. The 
luperintendent wrote after the word 
'left" — "by an indifferent teacher, to 
lie." 

The outstanding advantage in visita- 
ion on the part of the Sunday School 
eacher is that the indifferent family 
rill become interested in your church 
ifithout ever suspecting it. If the pas- 
or calls it will probably be reported 
hat he is seeking members for his 
hurch. If the Sunday School teacher 
alls they will appreciate the interest 
f someone who "isn't paid to visit 
aem" and will be referring to your 
(lurch as "our church." And then the 
'ay is paved for definite work for the 
lOrd. 

For what purpose are we doing all 
lis? A very conservative estimate 
Bclares that 75% of all the members 
f our Protestant churches came up 
irough the Sunday School. 95%. of 
II our ministers and missionaries were 
ice Sunday School scholars. 

An honored Bishop in the Methodist 
hurch declared that "if our Sunday 
3hool should go out of business the 
ethodist Church would be cut in half 
15 years." Out of the 12,000,000 
embers who were added to the church 
itween 1916 and 1926, 10,000,000 of 
em came out of the Sunday School. 
In case any of us doubt the effective- 
;ss of the Sunday School, correspond 
ith some competent police judge and 
id out what percentage of his crim- 
als were ever Sunday School schol- 
s. You will find the percentage very 
w. 

For further interest in this subject, 
tain from the David C. Cook Pubiish- 
g Company their splendid pamphlet 
titled "Are They Right," and also 
■. Benson's book "The Sunday School 

Action," from which sources some 

this material was gathered. 



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'hou art coming, O my Savior! 
lou art coming, my King! 

thy glory all transasndent ; 

thy beauty all resplendent; 
ell may we rejoice and sing, 
hen thou comest, 
e shall meet thee on thy way, 
e shall bless thee, we will show thee 
I our hearts could never say. 
hat an anthem that will be 
•uring out our rapture sweet, 
nging out our love to thee! 

thine own all-glorious feet." 

— Selected 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




THE LOREE REVIVAL 

Brother Leo Polman from Port 
Wayne, Indiana led the Loree Brethren 
Church in a Victory Revival from No- 
vember 30 to December 13. Brother 
Polman led the singing and preached 
to large and appreciative audiences. 
The record attendance for a single serv- 
ice was 385. Delegations came from 
our churches at Burlington, Flora, Peru, 
College Corner, and Mexico. Brother 
Polman addressed eleven assemblies in 
the surrounding public schools. The 
pupils were delighted and the instruc- 
tors pleased with the gospel instruction 
given. Among the visible results of the 
meetings we report that twenty-one 
were baptized, one received by relation, 
one by letter, and one awaits the rite 
of baptism. A very impressive sei-vice 
was the fagot service conducted one 
evening after the church sei-vice in a 
beautiful country home before an open 
fireplace. In all there were more than 
fifty reconsecrations and decisions pub- 
licly expressed. We are truly grateful 
to Brother Polman for his tireless and 
sacrificial efforts to strengthen our 
church in every way. 

We are pleased to report an increase 
in giving among the Loree Brethren. 
Our home mission offering was more 
than double that of last year and al- 
most six times that of the precious 
year. Our White Gift offering is three 
and one-half times that of last year. It 
is only fair to say that money is more 
plentiful than in former years. Never- 
theless we feel that a spirit of liberal- 
ity is increasing. 

October was our Sunday School 
month. We observed Cradle Roll, Pro- 
motion, and Rally Days. The attend- 
ance on Rally Day was 354. November 
was 'Pre-Revival Month with Roll Call 
Day and The Prodigal Son in Song as 
outstanding features. December, of 
course, was our month of evangelism. 
January is our Church Loyalty Month. 
Loree is a church with many opportun- 
ities for progress, and may the Lord be 
enabled to bless these people with a 
great vision for service in the name of 
Christ. 

CLARENCE Y. GILMER, 
Bunker Hill, Indiana. 



LEON, PLEASANT GROVE, 
AND GARWIN 

Many months have passed since I 
have sent a report of our work to the 
Evangelist. I confess that I would much 



rather read the reports of the other 
Brethren than to write one myself, but 
for all the victories that we are able 
to report, we give our blessed Lord the 
praise. 

Arriving home from our conference 
at Winona Lake, I next made prepara- 
tion to assist our Brethren at Leon, la. 
in an evangelistic meeting. A report of 
this meeting was given by their pastor 
Brother Samuel C. Henderson. I often 
think of the blessed fellowship that I 
enjoyed with these brethren. These peo- 
ple surely love the Word, and in spite 
of the unsettled weather conditions, we 
had a fine time with people of this 
community. The community surround- 
ing Leon has experienced three straight 
crop failures. This has made it hard for 
the church to carry her financial side 
of the work, but our Lord we are sure 
will supply their every need. A num- 
ber of souls were baptized and received 
into the church during this meeting, 
and we trast that there be many more 
added to the church in the future. 

Arriving home from our conference 
at Lanark, Illinois, I was privileged to 
be the evangelist in a community evan- 
gelistic meeting. The meeting was held 
in the Christian church at Le Grand, 
Iowa. Cooperating in this meeting were 
the Friends, the Christian Brethren, 
and the Brethren. May our Lord contin- 
ue to shine the light of His glorious 
Word on the path that the people of 
this community travel. 

On Sunday evening, Nov. 29th, we 
opened a revival with the Pleasant 
Grove Brethren. The Pleasant Grove 
Brethren Church is located near Mil- 
lersburg, Iowa. Here I found a group 
of brethren eager to hear the Word. 
Near the close of the first week a bad 
snow storm swept into the community 
and hindered the meeting, but the 
weather cleared and the last part of 
the meeting was well attended. 

A number of souls came to Christ 
for the first time, while others came 
to renew their vows with Christ. A 
number were baptized and received into 
the church on Monday after the meet- 
ing closed. Communion was observed 
on Monday night, and a blessed serv- 
ice it truly was. It was my first expe- 
rience in a communion service in which 
the men and young men outnumbered 
the women. We feel that the Brethren 
were blessd in many ways during this 
meting. I spent the first few days in 
the home of Brother and Sister John 
Myers, after which I went to stay with 
Brother and Sister Arthur Miller for 
the remainder of the meeting. The 



fellowship enjoyed with the Brethren 
at Pleasant Grave will never be forgot- 
ten. Pleasant Grove has a future as a 
rural church, and it is my prayer that 
some arrangements will be made to 
place a pastor at this place in the very 
near future. It was hard to leave this 
church without a pastor, but the part- 
ing time came, and then back home to 
Garwin. 

Our church work here at Gai^win is 
moving along nicely. This is not to say 
that we never have any problems to 
face, but we just turn them over to 
the Lord and let him care for them, 
for He alone is able to solve the pres- 
ent day problems. During my absence 
Mrs. Gray had charge of the services at 
the church. The Gospel broadcast which 
is given over radio station KFJB, 
Marshalltown every Saturday afternoon 
from 2:30 to 3:00 o'clock was in charge 
of Mrs. Gray, assisted by some of the 
other sisters of the church. We praise 
our God for the victories won, and we 
ask a place in your prayer life. May 
the blessing of our Lord be with you 
until He comes again. 

WILLIAM GRAY 



CLAYTON REVIVAL 
SERVICES 

A wonderful time of spiritual re- 
freshing was enjoyed in the Clayton 
Brethren Church for two weeks with 
the Rev. James C. Cook of Flora, Ind. 
as the evangelist. The Clayton people, 
both inside and outside the church, 
looked forward with eagerness to this 
meeting because of the associations 
with Brother Cook fifteen years ago 
when he sei-ved as pastor of the church 
with splendid results. 

A large congregation of people 
greeted the evangelist the first Sunday 
night after a long hurried drive from 
his own morning service in Indiana. 
The interest continued all through the 
meetings, with the exception of a 
couple off-nights, until the closing sei-v- 
ice which found the church filled to the 
back of the Sunday School room. 

Rev. Cook proved himself a most con- 
scientious and tireless worker in the 
interest of the lost. His former con- 
tacts as pastor made for him many 
fast friends who were loyal to many 
of the services, and made access to the 
homes of the community very easy and 
pleasant. Most of the unsaved in the 
community are without excuse, for the 
gospel was preached in all of its pur- 
ity to them both in the homes and in 
the services. It was encouraging to see 
so many of the unchurched people in 
the services repeatedly. The marvel 
was that so few responded to the earn- 
est appeals for salvation in the face 
of such warnings. However, we rejoice 
over the six who were added to the 
church by baptism, the one who came 
by letter and the one who found salva- 
tion but has not yet decided which shall 
be her church home. 



The church is greatly strengthened 
within and the forces are more united 
because of the jneetings. Many of the 
members stepped forward for reconse- 
cration. A wonderful communion serv- 
ice on Monday night climaxed the 
evangelistic campaign. It was a bless- 
ing to have the presence of Brother 
Cook at this service also. Many mem- 
bers testified that it was like a new 
beginning in their Christian expe- 
rience. 

Thank you Brother Cook for your 
help and your devotion to the cause for 
which the Savior died. May God con- 
tinue to bless and use you to His glory 
and to the salvation of many souls. 

A. D. CASHMAN, Pastor 



THE THRONE OF DAVID 

(Covtinued from page 10) 
will never fall, for "Once have I sworn 
by my holiness that I will not lie unto 
David. His seed shall endure forever 
and his throne as the sun before me" 
(Ps. 89:35). 

3. It is a throne of absolute power. 

(1). Power over the nations. 

At the battle of Armageddon, the 
nations of the entire world will gather 
against the city of David's throne, but 
lo, the heavens open and, astride a 
white horse charger, the son of David 
rides forth to certain victory (Rev. 19: 
11). He will break the nations with a 
rod of iron and dash them in pieces 
like a potter's vessel (Ps. 2:9). 

(2) Power over human nature. Men 
may pull the teeth of a bull-dog, but 
still he will fight. Men may junk bat- 
tleships and cry, "Peace and safety," 
but alas, sudden destruction will come 
upon them (I Thess. 5:3). But when 
the flag of David unfurls to earthly 
breezes, the nations "shall beat their 
swords into plowshares and their spears 
into pruninghooks; nations shall not lift 
up sword against nation, neither shall 
they learn war anymore" (Isa. 2:4). 

(3) Power over the animal creation. 

A babe was left in charge of a police- 
dog. Later, the sorrowing parents gath- 
ered up the mangled remains of their 
babe. Men may tame a wolf but its 
nature will assert itself. The smell of 
fresh blood will transform a pet lion 
into a raving beast. But when great 
David's greater Son sits upon his 
throne. He will speak peace to the 
animal creation and the "wolf shall 



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dwell with the lamb, and the leopard 
shall lie down with the kid." Imagine 
if we can, a great burly lion frolicking 
on a grassy lawn; a child playing in its 
bushy mane. The fire has left its eyes; 
its whole nature is changed and it 
"eats straw like an ox" (Isa. 11:7). 

(4) Power over the earth and the 
elements. 

"The whole earth groaneth and tra- 
vaileth in pain together until now" 
(Rom. 8:22). When Adam sinned, God 
said, "Cursed is the ground for thy 
sake; in sorrow shall thou eat of it alti 
the days of thy life" (Gen. 2:17). But: 
creation will one day be "delivered 
from the bondage of corruption" an<lr 
the "desert shall rejoice and blossom agi 
the rose." "In the wilderness shall 
waters break out and streams in thel 
desert" (Isa. 35). "The plowman shaBi 
overtake the reaper and the treader di 
grapes him that soweth seed" (Amofii 
9:13). i 

(5) Power over sickness. ' 
Today, even we who are ChristianjBji 

must groan within ourselves (Rom. ^; 
23) because we are still in our morta 
bodies, but when David's throne is sei 
things will be changed. Here in Penn-) 
sylvania, deer are plentiful. They ofi 
ten pass through fields and easily jumf 
a five foot fence. The time is cominai 
when "the lame man "shall leap as a|i 
hart, the blind shall see and the "ear* 
of the deaf" shall be unstopped (Isi' 
35). 

4. It is a kingdom of absolute righj 
eousness. 

Who killed Lindbergh's babe? Fals 
witnesses may wrest the truth; wea 
judges may twist the law. Puzzle 
lawyers may wrangle and perplex^fi 
juries may jangle, but alas — who killi 
the babe ? But when David's Son bealii 
rule, "Out of Zion (not out of Wastt 
ington, London, etc. etc.) shall go forw 
the law, and the Word of the Loft) 
from Jerusalem" (Isa. 2:3). His jud^ 
ment will not depend upon the sensesi 
Other men can tell what they saw am 
heard and be judged accoi'dingly, bu' 
this king "shall not judge after tb 
sight of his eyes, neither reprove aftel 
the hearing of his ears" (Isa. 11:3). HI 
who rules from David's throne "seetl' 
not as man seeth" but "looketh on thl 
heart." 

May God hasten the glad day of Hi- 
coming — Even so, come, Lord Jesus, 

(To be continued) . 



In budgeting- your giving don't forget the Publication Day 
Offering to be received Sunday, January 31. 

THERE IS NO MORE EFFECTIVE WAY TO DO A REAL 
PIECE OF WORK FOR THE LORD THAN IN SENDING 
THE MESSAGE THROUGH THE PRINTED PAGE. 



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BEAUTIFUL SNOW 



In the early part of the American war, one dark Satur- 
day morning in the dead of winter, there died at the Com- 
mercial Hospital, Cincinnati, a young woman, over whose 
head only two-and-twenty summers had passed. She had 
once been possessed of an enviable share of beauty; had 
been as she herself said, "flattered and sought for the 
charms of her face," but alas! upon her fair brow had long- 
been written that pitiable word unfortunate! Once the pride 
of respectable parentage, her first wrong step was the small 
beginning of the "same old story over again," which has 
been the life history of thousands. Highly educated and ac- 
complished in manner, she might have shone in the gest 
society. But the evil hour that proved her ruin was but the 
door from childhood; and having spent a young life in dis- 
grace and shame, the isoor friendless one died the melancholy 
death of a broken hearted outcast. 

Among- her personal effects was found, in manuscript, 
the "Beautiful Snow," which was immediately carried to 
Enos B. Reed, a gentleman of culture and literary tastes, 
who was at that time editor of the National Union. In the 
columns of that paper, on the morning following the girl's 
death, the poem appeared for the first time. When the pa- 
per containing the poem came out on Sunday morning, the 
body of the victim had not yet received burial. The atten- 
tion of Thomas Buchanan Read, one of the first American 
poets, was soon directed to the newly published lines, who 
was so taken with their stirring pathos, that he immediately 
followed the corpse to its final resting place. 

Such are the plain facts concerning- her whose "Beauti- 
ful Snow" will be long regarded as one of the brightest gems 
in American literature: — 



How wild the crowd goes swaying along, 
Hailing each other with humor and song; 
How the gay sleighs like meteors flash by, 
Bright for a moment, then lost to the eye; 
Ringing — Swinging — Dashing they go 
Over the crest of the beautiful snow — 
Snow so pure when it falls from the sky 
As to make one regret to see it lie 
To be trampled and tracked by thousands of feet 
Till it blends with the filth in the horrible street. 



Once I was ptire as the snow, but I fell — 
Fell like the snow flakes from heaven to hell; 
Fell to be trampled as filth in the street; 
Fell to be scoffed, to be spit on and beat; 
Pleading — Cursing — Dreading to die — 
Selling m.y soul to ichoever would buy; 
Dealing in shame for a morsel of bread; 
Hating and living and fearing the dead. 
Merciful God! have I fallen so low? 
And yet I was once like the beautiful snoiv. 



Once I was fair as the beautiful snow 
With an eye like a crystal, a heart like its glow. 
Once I was loved for my innocent grace — 
Flattered and sought for the charms of my face. 

Fathers — Mothers — Sisters — all, 
God and myself I have lost by my fall! 
The ve7'iest wretch that goes shivering by 
Will make a wide sweep lest I wander too nigh. 
For all that is on or above me I know 
There is nothing so pure as the beautiful snow. 



How strange it should be that this beautiful snour 

Should fall on a sinner ivith nowhere to go! 

How strange it should be when the night comes 

again 
If the snow and the ice struck my desperate brain. 

Fain ting — Freezing — Dying alone — 
Too wicked for prayer, too weak for a moan 
To be heard in the streets of the crazy town 
Gone mad in the joy of snow coming down; 
To be and to die in m-y terrible woe. 
With a bed and a shroud of the beautifzd snow. 



Oh! the snotv, the beautiful snow, 
Filling the sky and earth below. 
Over the housetops, over the street. 
Over the heads of people you meet; 

Dancing — Flirting — Skinvming along- 
Beautiful snow! it can do no wrong 
Flying to kiss a fair lady's cheek. 
Clinging to lips in frolicksome freak; 
Beautifid snow from heaven above. 
Pure as an angel, gentle as love! 



Oh, the snow, the beautiful snow! 

How the flakes gather and laugh as they go 

Whirling about in maddening fun; 

Chasin g — L au ghing — Hurrying b y , 
It lights on the face and it sparkles the eye. 
And the dogs with a bark and a bound 
Snap at the crystals as they eddy around. 
The town is alive, and its heart is aglow. 
To welcome the coming of beautifid snow. 



Helpless and foul as the trampled snow. 
Sinner, despair not! Christ stoopeth low 
To irescue the soul that is lost in sin 
And raise it to life and enjoyment again. 
Groaning — Bleeding — Dying — for thee 
The Crucified hung on the cursed tree! 
His accents of mercy fall soft on thine ear. 
Is there mercy for me? Will He heed my weak 

prayer? 
O God! in the stream that for sinners did flow 
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow! 



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PREACHERS' BAD SONS 

One time a minister was asked why it is that 
preachers' sons are usually so bad. The minister 
j'eplied, "Because they have to play with your kids." 
It is definitely known that the theory that the chil- 
Jren of ministers are always bad is absolutely 
rt^rong! If a minister's son is bad, of course every- 
)ne knows it and talks about it, but the fact remains 
;hat ministers' homes have furnished more reliable, 
•esponsible, and good people for the worthy posi- 
;ions among men than any other profession. A 
Treacher's son usually follows his father's philos- 
)phy of life to its logical conclusion. The preacher 
vho consistently presents God's Word to the con- 
gregation will see the power of God manifested in 
lis family. Yes, we have heard of some preachers' 
ions going wrong, but there are multiudes of them 
vho have not. We hear too little about these. 

TWO PREACHERS' SONS 

Recalhnig acquaintance with two sons of ministers 
ve have been impressed with the contrast. One boy 
said, "I don't want to be a preacher." When asked 
;he reason why, he explained that the preacher's life 
s too hard. Looking at his father, he recalled how 
;he family had always had a hard time to get along 
n the world. Tlie church was but little inspiration. 
The father, although a man of great ability was 
ilways hammering the congregation to attend the 
services and his salary was always paid behind time, 
bearing the father's reaction to all these things 
;he son said "I don't want to be a preacher," and he 
sn't! 

The son of the other minister said, "I want to be 
I preacher just hke my dad." His father was a 
nan of very ordinary education, but a man with a 
lynamic gospel message. He never lacked for a 
Towd. The church grew constantly. Christianity to 
hat congregation was a vital force based upon a 
;onfidence that the Bible means what it says. The 
noney always came in and there was little said 
Lbout it. The people from the Beginners Department 

the grandfathers and grandmothers were con- 
stantly taught in the things of the Word of God. The 
ion grew up in the church. Sizing up the situation, 
md in the fear of the Lord, he said, "I want to be 

1 preacher just like my dad" — and he is ! 

^ STUDENT CONFESSION 

"I don't want to be a minister!" So wrote a stu- 
lent pastor in a religious magazine which comes to 



the editor's desk. He states that he does not like to 
be "encased hke a sausage in its skin by a . . . 
rigid code for ministers which all congregations hold 
is their inalienable right to enforce." He does not 
like to feel that he is compelled* to be friendly, com- 
pelled to be cheerful, compelled to be good, and com- 
pelled to call on the sick. Tlie joy of doing these 
things, he thinks, is half destroyed by the compul- 
sion. He seems to open his heart when he explains, 
"I want above everything else to be a human being 
and a man can't be a minister and be a human being 
at the same time." In searching the article, it 
appears totally void of any passion which I'esults 
from a personal contact with the Lord Jesus Christ. 
In fact, our Lord's name was not mentioned in the 
article. We are firmly convinced that if the young 
student has no more knowledge of the real purpose 
of the ministry of the gospel than he has shown in 
his article, it will be most fortunate for himself and 
for the churches if he never becomes a minister! 
The young fellow probably needs our sympathy, for 
his story seems to reflect that he has been in a 
seminary where men are taught to follow a profes- 
sion rather than to preach the Word. This is a 
tragedy. If only we could see young men trained for 
the ministry with a passion like the apostle Paul 
who testified, "My heart's desire and prayer to God 
for Israel is that they might be saved . . . For I 
could wish that myself were accursed from Christ 
for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh : 
... I thank Christ Jesus our Lord . . . that He 
accounted me faithful, putting me into the ministry 
. . . Woe is me if I preach not the gospel!" We 
are certain of one thing; the apostle Paul, after en- 



IN THIS NUMBER 



Beautiful Snow 2 

Editorials 3 

1937— What Does It Hold— A. V. Kimmell 5 

Facing the New Year With Christ— W. H. Schaffer 7 

First Returns from the Thanksgiving- Offering 8 

Following Our Secretary 9 

Among Our New Churches 11 

Sunday School Department 14 

Home Mission Financial Report 15 

Jewish Department ig 

Christian Endeavor Department 17 

News from the Field ig 



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tering his "seminary course" over in Arabia for 
three years, would never have said, "I don't want 
to be a minister!" 

WHY CHURCHES LOSE 

In a pubhcation from the same denomination as 
the magazine which told the story of the above 
comes this statement: "It is now the rare thing to 
find the Bible School whose attendance, or even en- 
rollment, is running ahead of the figures for the 
previous years. Few are holding their own in com- 
parison with the attendance records of the past." 

We can't help but wonder how the young man 
will get along who even now admits that he does 
not want to be a minister. If the attendance in his 
church holds its own, we will certainly be surprised. 
A spineless, passionless, and apologetic ministry 
does not and cannot build churches. Tlie attitude of 
this young preacher gives us one of the great rea- 
sons wliy the church can scarcely hold her own to- 
day. 

Churches never run ahead of their pastors. Many 
dead and dying churches today are the direct result 
of dead and dying preachers. It is an exceptional 
case indeed if churches with truly dynamic preach- 
ers are losing from year to year. Churches where 
ministers dehver the Word of God to hungry hearts 
are not losing. Such churches are not dying. For 
proof, scores of examples may be given in the 
Brethren Church alone. 

BIBLE SUNDAY 

It is well to have a Bible Sunday. On such a day 
the pastor may preach on- how, in the gracious prov- 
idence of God we have been given our Bible. Every- 
one may be encouraged to bring his Bible to the 
service. Old Bibles, foreign Bibles, and famous Bi- 
bles may well be on display. Some facts about the 
various translations and versions may be presented. 
The people will thus have a certain Bible conscious- 
ness which will create a lasting impression. Have a 
Bible Sunday. There is however, one thing which 
might be better ! Make every Sunday a Bible Sunday. 
People usually form the habit of taking the things 
along to church which they will use while there. If 
the Bible is to be carried to the house of God, the 
pastor, superintendent, and teachers should see 
that the people will actually find use for it. If the 
Bible is nothing but extra equipment for about two 
Sundays, the third Sunday will find the Bible at 
home. Make every service a Bible service. 



Editorial Notes and News 

THIS WORD comes from one of our largest Sunday Schools 
in the east which has recently started to use our literature. 

"We have only praise to offer for the new literature. It 
is certainly the finest thing that ever happened for the Jun- 



I 



ior work of our Sunday Schools, and I never hesitate to 
recommend the use of this literature to any one. Our boys 
and girls like this type of lesson and now that our teachers 
are becoming used to a different method, they like it too. 
It is our prayer that nothing will prevent the completion of 
the plans of the Publishing Company." 

AT FREMONT, OHIO, the members of the church are 
being encouraged to follow the Bible reading schedule ar- 
ranged by the W. M. S. This is a fine encouragement to read- 
ing the Bible through systematically. 

ARE YOU GUILTY? Who sent a manuscript to the 
editor entitled "Our Substitute, or How that Christ Died 
for our Sins According to the Scriptures?" This manu- 
script carries no name and the editor cannot recognize the 
typewriter. 

A teacher in the Junior Department of one of our largest 
Sunday Schools (which until recently was compelled to use 
graded literature from other publishers) writes the following 
concerning our Thru-the-Bible Junior literature: 

I am using- the teacher's edition in the Junior de- 
partment of the First Brethren Church, and I am de- 
lighted with it. 
This testimony concerning our literature was accompanied 
by check to cover cost of sending samples of all our graded 
quarterlies to another church. 

WE DESIRE to report a valuable addition to our shop force 
in the person of Robert Herman Peck, new son of Brother and 
Sister George Peck, born December 18th. Brother Peck is the 
shop foreman. 

SOME CHURCHES are known as missionary churches. ! 
Such seems to be the distinction which the Roanoke, Virginia 
church has of which Brother H. W. Koontz is the pastor. On 
December 29th we have learned that they had seven foreign 
missionaries present (real and pledged). These were Dr. 
Florence N. Gribble, Margurite Gribble, Mr. Dunning, Rev. . 
and Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy, and Rev. and Mrs. Orville D. Job- 
son. In spite of this rather large number of missionaries, they 
report that they are not "missionaried to death" either, but 
are eagerly looking forward to the coming of Miss Mabel 
Crawford in the spring. Miss Crawford who is now at her \ 
home in Whittier, California on furlough is supported by the | 
Roanoke, Virginia congregation. | 

A GREAT Annual Founder's Week Conference is scheduled i 
to be held at the Moody Bible Institute. The Brethren Church 
is to be represented on the program by Dean Alva J. McClain 
who will deliver several messages at the conference. The i 
conference this year will celebrate the one-hundi-eth anni- j 
versary of the birth of D. L. Moody. The meeting will be held Ij 
in the Coliseum, a famous Chicago auditorium seating 12,000 h 
people. i 

I 

ONE PASTOR visited another church and went home and l| 
wrote in his church calendar, "We were amazed when we j 
found that every member of that Bible School over ten li 
years of age had brought a Bible with him. Why can't we do j 
that?" How about your church? Do the Bibles attend with 
the people ? Be sure that there is use for them also. '• 

AND THE LATE King George V of England, expressing (j 
his pleasure with his daughter-in-law (who is now the new I 
queen Elizabeth) observed that "she does not smoke or do a ii 
lot of things so common with women today." How a man il 
can admire a woman smoker is more than we can under- I 
stand, — and ditto the other way around. — 1st Ch. Cal., L. A. .; 

NO PREACHER need flatter himself that his sermon is 
finding acceptance with all who are nodding in church. 



January 23, 1937 



1937 -What Docs It Hold For the 
Brethren Church? -1937 

By A. V. Kimmell, Pastor, First Brethren Church, 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 



Thinking upon this subject which has been given 
me for a short message, immediately I am reminded 
of an experience common to most pastors and Bible 
conference teachers. While sitting through the open- 
ing program, which usually is unnecessarily long, 
awaiting the hour for one to speak, almost without 
exception the offering is lifted. With concern the 
visiting speaker gives his dime or quarter as the 
case may be and says to himself, "Hurry along boys 
so that I can get at it." After the service is over 
and the speaker is about to leave some faithful 
treasurer rushes up with a handful of change and 
says, "Brother, the offering of the evening always 

goes to the visiting speaker." Who 

among us under circumstances like 
that will not think, "Well, if I had put 
more in I would have taken more out." 

However worn with age this saying 
may be, it is nevertheless true that, 
should the Brethren church take the 
suggestion seriously, nothing more 
would need to be written on this sub- 
ject. The Brethren Church will get out 
of the new year just what she puts 
into it. 

Of course, the above applies only to 
;[iuman effort, but consecrated human 
effort can be made a channel through 
which the mighty power of God can 
operate until many mountains have 
been moved out of the way. "Not by might nor by 
power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts" 
Zech. 4:6. Therefore the Brethren Church looks to 
the power of the Spirit and not the energies of the 
flesh for victories in this year, 1937. Victoi'ies there 
must be, but they will not come without a battle. 
Political, social, educational and religious conditions 
in our nation right now make this the hardest year 
the Brethren Church ever has faced. The agencies in 
preparing the way for "that wicked one" never were 
jWorking so openly as right now, yet the eyes and 
minds of the people, and many of them good church 
people never were so blinded. The dangers to be 
safe guarded lie in three particular directions. 

1. The pastor must be sure he is in the will of 
the Lord. We praise God that so many of our pas- 
tors are informed of the dangers that threaten the 




A. V. Kimmell 



church of God and are safeguarding their flocks 
with the Sword — the Word of God — ready for bat- 
tle. However the foe is very deceptive, often appear- 
ing as an angel of light, so the pastor really is at a 
loss to know what move to make. But the Spirit of 
God has a way of warning the pastors who are sub- 
ject to His leading so that they can be on their 
guard. For example, there was the recent national 
preaching mission, which on the surface seemed to 
be a powerful move in the right direction ini bring- 
ing a nation-wide revival for which we should pray 
more earnestly now than ever. This mission had not 
gone far in its program until it was revealed that 
it was backed by the godless Federal 
Council of the Churches of Christ in 
America with its modernism, socialism 
and communism, which is all the in- 
formation any Brethren pastor should 
need to refuse it an entrance into his 
church. No difference how popular a 
move may be, if it fails to stress the 
need of the "blood" it carries no sal- 
vation. "Without the shedding of blood 
there is no remission." Pray that 
Brethren pastors may be always in- 
formed when wolves approach the 
flocks in sheep's clothing. 

2. Our churches or our church lead- 
ers should be awake to the same dan- 
gers. Sometimes the pastor knows the 
danger, but the officers, contacting the 
move that seems popular in business or social life 
and learning that other churches are doing this 
and that, think their church should be doing it also. 
This a dangerous attitude. The denominations are 
all too willing to compromise with the world. Be- 
cause others are doing it is a good reason in itself 
that the Brethren Church should seek the Word 
upon such questions. The applause of the world is 
always dangerous. Christ said the world hated Him 
and that it would hate His followers. His Word 
never is mistaken. Many pastors could be much 
bolder in their plea for a separated church if the 
members, especially the officers of the church, would 
openly back him and let him know that the care- 
less and worldly could not run him off the job. Let 
the churches back their pastors to the limit this 
year in living up to our slogan, "The Bible, 



6' The Brethren Evangelist 

I Do You Have the Answer? 

o 

^ The pastor of one of our churches was calling one day on a woman who had but re- 

\ cently come into the membership of his congregation. Although her body was suffering 

% from pain, she suffered a greater pain in heart. 

V 

% This was her burden: "Pastor, I have a sister in the New England states who is dy- 

% ing with cancer, and I'm afraid she is not saved. She has been a member of a church for 

O many years just like I was, but I'm afraid she doesn't know the Lord. Oh, if there was 

<^ only some way I could just get to her and tell her about Jesus, and what a blessing He has 

% been to my life, and what a joy filled my soul after I was baptized. Pastor, don't we have 

% any churches like ours near her? Isn't there one of our preachers near that could tell her 

% about the Lord? In the church I belonged to up there nothing was thought of dancing 

/i parties among the members. I see things so differently now. Oh, if I could only tell her 

V about Jesus and what He means to me before she dies; but I'm afraid it's too late even to 

A write a letter now." 

\ 

% And the faithful pastor had to tell her there was not a Brethren Church in all the New 

$, England states. This is a sample of the life tragedies that make up the home mission pas- 

^ sion in the Brethren Church today. America has thousands of heart broken cries like this 

V one. Home missions is our only answer. Let us speed the work! 

I 

C"^c<<»^'<I<■<«^o<>o<><»<><><^v•:«>:•^■•:<••>^^">>I">^^<>C''XK>c•<x><^<^ 

the Whole Bible, and Nothing but the Bible." is about the last denomination that is not moving 

3. Our institutions will be under fire. Is it to be ^^ward the ranks of modernism, and the effort to 

expected that the enemy will leave our publications, ^""^^ "« ^n ^'^ll ^^ all the stronger as the apostasy 

our college and our mission boards without seeking deepens. We can expect attacks both from within 

to destroy their loyalty to the Word of God? Since ^nd without, but let us praise and shout, "Thanks 

Satan cannot reach our institutions from the out- ^« ""^^ God who giveth us the victory through our 

side he must take his drives from within. Every ^ord Jesus Christ," which we can apply to life as 

Brethren pastor and every Brethren member should ^"^^ ^^ ^^ ^^^th. "Therefore my beloved brethren, 

be sure and doublv sure that the devil is not using ^^ ^^ steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in 

him as a channel through which to attack the insti- ^^^ ^^^'^^ °^ the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that 

tutions of the church of the living God. ^^'°"^' '^'^o^' ^« "^t in vain in the Lord." 



i 



At this point is our greatest danger, for of neces- TOTNT TFNANPY 

sity these institutions must contact the world more a j ■ ■ j ■-, i. ^ • . «t-> i 

, , ^, .^, ^, , , , , ^, ■ 1- . , , A dying .ludge said to his pastor, "Do you know 

closely than either the local church or the individual ii^i i. j^ii.- .i 

^ -, ^ . ^, ^, , ,. enough about law to understand what is meant by 

pastor. In a certain measure thev serve the public. ■ ■ . ^. n„ 

\jTu 4-u 11- 4-1 "^ 11- J J 4- joint tenancy?" 

When one serves the public, the public demands to .,i.x „ ., i «t i ii • i_ j.i 

, ,, ,,, „ , ^ r^ \ J- , ■ ■, ^, \ ■ ..... J^o, was the reply; I know nothing about law; 
be the boss, but God lorbid that our institutions 



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ever should bend to the place where they take or- 



I know a little about grace, and that satisfies me." 

J J. ., ,„ .. ., . . . "Well," he said, "if you and I were joint tenants 

ders from the worldly masses. At this point we are „^ „ -p„ ™ t .. u * 4- -mu 4. • u-n 

J, - . ,, j_ ^ ■, j_, , . . , . on a farm, I could not say to you. That is your hill 

lairly well protected so that outsiders can come m „j? j 4-u- • • 4.u 4. • ii j j? 

, •-....• ._, , . „ . ,, of corn, and this is mine; that is vour blade of 

only upon, invitation or through influencing those „,.„„ j 4-u- • • u 4. u u i-i 

, J . ^, , , ^, jy .J. . ,f , ,, grass, and this is mine, but we would share alike 

already m the church, therefore if we vield to the • ,,• 4.u i t u • 4. i i • 

J, ..., 1 ._, , , . ,. , , in everything on the place. I have just been lying 

pressure from without the blame rests entirely at r, j 4-u- i • -4.1, i ui ■ 4.1 4. m • 4- 

, ^ here and thinking with unspeakable joy that Christ 

our own door. t , ,, . . j, ,, , ,, . 

Jesus has nothing apart from me; that everything 

Let us not be deceived into thinking that because He has in mine, and that we will share alike through 

our denomination is small there is no danger. Ours all eternity." — Sel. 



January 23, 1937 



Facing the New Year With Christ 



By W. H. Schaffer, Pastor, Brethren Church, 
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 



Our present state of mind ofttimes depends upon 
our outlook for the future. If our vision is limited 
by what immediately surrounds us we would have 
great reason for discouragement. Men- and women 
with minds of responsibility are asking "What is 
this world coming to?" And well might they ask! 

The saloon of pre-prohibition days has been out- 
lawed but replaced with scenes that would make 
any old time saloon blush for shame when bartend- 
ers reminded youthful customers that a saloon was 
no place for high school boys and girls. The road- 
houses which have sprung up like 
mushroons over the countryside 
with their indecent "carryingons" 
certainly do not help to maintain a 
high standard of morals. The movies 
with their demoralizing realities, 
the continually growing number of 
divorces and the general breakdown 
of the home life of the families of 
the "civilized world" should cause 
alarm. Jumping two men to get a 
king may be good checker playing 
but it is rather hard on prime min- 
isters and archbishops! When we 
review the headlines of our daily 
newspapers what do we behold? 
Wholesale murder under the license 
of warfare! Racketeering and kid- 
napping by those who are too lazy 
to earn an honest living! Suicides 
by those who have seen too much 
of this world! Humanity going pell-mell into a 
Christless oblivion! 

Is it possible that the world is trying to forget 
Jesus Christ? If so, then seemingly she is doing a 
good job of it. No wonder men's hearts are already 
failing them for fear, and for looking after the 
things which are coming on. the earth (Luke 21:26). 
If this horizontal gazing were our only outlook for 
the future, we too, like millions of others might be 
asking the same question, "What's this old world a 
coming to?" 

But praise the Lord, every born again child of 
God may have that upward look which gives hope 
and marvelous prospects for the future! Alas, how 



W. H. 



many Christians are going around with long faces, 
worried countenances, and dark prospects? Why is 
this so? Because too many Christians are only con- 
cerned about better business, better politics, and re- 
form movements. Oh that they might fasten their 
eyes on higher things — on the unchangeable veri- 
ties of God's Word. How little of God's Word is read 
every day by the average Christian, but the pages 
of the daily newspaper are never missed with many 
pages of secular magazines thrown in. 

To get that "upward look" will require more earn- 
est private Bible study, more time 
spent in intercessory prayer, more 
faithfulness to the house of God and 
all these things will help us to sacri- 
fice more for the sake of the gos- 
pel. 

The year 1936 A. D. has gone. 
It can never be recalled to be lived 
over except in memory. The year 
of 1937 is still ahead. What are its 
prospects for us? Is another world 
war inevitable in 1937? Will the hu- 
man race find itself sinking lower 
in her moral depravity? Will the 
dove of peace be enthroned and hu- 
manity censor itself into sobriety? 
In any event these things should not 
be the chief concern of God's chil- 
dren. We should always be masters 
of our circumstances for God's Word 
has promised "that neither tribula- 
tion nor distress, nor persecution, nor famine nor 
nakedness, nor peril, nor sword, nor death, nor life, 
nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things 
present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, 
nor any other creature shall be able to separate us 
from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our 
Lord" (Rom. 8:35-39). The apostle Paul knew this 
from actual experience. Was he afraid of the fu- 
ture? Even though it resulted in a martyr's death, 
was Paul despondent over the future when he went 
to Rome in chains? He knew the Lord had spared 
his life for but one purpose and he was desirous that 
that one purpose should be fulfilled. Tliat same 
burning desire ought to be ours for the new year — 




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The Brethren Evangelist 



to testify for Jesus Christ. But, before we can give 
the testimony that really honors our Lord and holds 
Him up as the only Savior of the world it must 
needs be necessary that we spend much time in dil- 
igent study of His Word. It is necessary to con- 
verse much with God in prayer. We dare not let 
the cares of this life hinder our frequenting the 
Lord's house. To get the fullest joy in our Chris- 
tian experience means too that we must learn to 
sacrifice for the sake of the gospel that we might 
see how well the Lord rewards. There is never a sacri- 
fice made for Christ but that He takes note and pro- 
nounces His blessing. 

Facing the new year with Christ gives hope, joy, 
peace, and satisfaction which all the cares and trou- 
bles of this life can never take away. Facing the 
new year without Him means the same old drag, 
the same worries, the multitudinous doubts, and the 



humdrum of monotoniy. We have the power and 
privilege of choice. We choose daily. It is not too 
late yet to determine that this year shall be differ- 
ent. In all things for 1937 let it be in the life of 
each and every one of us, "First of all, we choose 
Christ." 



THINK OF THESE 

The Church at Antioch set a good example for 
"a good congregation" to follow when it sent forth 
two missionaries. 

The Church that hears and heeds the Spirit's voice 
becomes the Church of which there is something 
worth telling. 

Opponents of Christian work have not been very 
successful ; the Church and its workers are still go- 
ing strong. 



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FIRST RETURNS FROM THE THANKSGIVING OFFERING! 



How are the offerings coming in? Are 
they larger than last year? Will you reach 
the goal of $25,000.00? Who has sent in the 
largest offering this year? 

Some of these questions can be answered 
and some cannot. It is still too early to know 
much of what the total is going to be. Final 
offerings are not in for more than a few 
churches. Early returns were sent in to help 
out with the shortage that we had at Thanks- 
giving time. But we have some items that 
will show real interest. 

For instance, there is Fort Wayne, hidiana. 
The report from this mission point already 
stands at three hundred sixty-two dollars! 
They have a membership of sixty. That 
means an average of over six dollars per 
member for home missions. What other 
Brethren Church can equal it? Then also, 
this means what we believe to be the first 
Brethren Church to achieve the goal of "Dol- 
lar for Dollar" in missionary giving. Brother 
Leo Polman, the pastor, has done a wonder- 
ful piece of work in this congregation during 
the past year. 

Then there is Mundy's Corner Church, 
down in Pennsylvania, where Brother Robert 
Ashman is pastor. Last year this church gave 
§75.47 in their Thanksgiving Offering, and 
this year they have already sent in TWO 



HUNDRED SIXTY DOLLARS ! This is the 
largest increase of any offering sent in so 
far this year. What a mark this is to shoot 
at. 

Our next surprise came from the First 
Brethren Church of Philadelphia when they 
sent in six hundred fifty-eight dollars. With 
the report came w'ord that there is a sum 
of one hundred fifty dollars yet to come in, 
and with a possibility that the total will 
reach ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS! Ed 
Wolf, member of the National Home Mission 
Board is a member of this church, and is he 
happy over this ! Last year this church gave 
$455.00. 

Then comes the report from the Cleveland, 
Ohio mission, to the effect that they have 
raised two hundred seven dollars. Think of 
it, this church is just two years old ! Last 
year they gave $94.00, the first year they 
existed as a church. What does this teach as 
to the vigor of our young churches, under 
the board's care? 

If these are samples of the increases to 
be found in our Thanksgiving offerings gen- 
erally this year, it is apparent that we will 
reach our goal of twenty-five thousand dol- 
lars. But until all the offerings are in we 
cannot tell, for usually the most favorable 
returns come in first. But we thank God for 
it all. 




|OUR NEW * One year ago this last October a 

iCHURCH AT group of folks numbering about fif- 
jJUNIATA ty, organized themselves into a 

Brethren Church and applied to the 
Pennsylvania District Conference for acceptance as 
I regular Brethren Church. Most of these people 
ived right in Juniata, which is a suburb of the city 
)f Altoona, Pennsylvania. They were accepted, and 
)egan at once to plan their building project. During 
;he winter and spring months they kept up their 
services by meeting in a small building used by a 
ocal mission group. During this time they were gath- 
Ting funds for their new work. They bought a fine 
ot near the center of the community, and got the 
leed. 

The Pennsylvania District Mission Board arranged 
or them to secure the old building at New Enter- 
rise, which had been abandoned. Early last spring- 
hey began to excavate and get the foundation laid 
or the building in Juniata. Then they moved the 
Id structure over. It came piece by piece, for it 
ad to be torn down in order to be moved. Then 
egan the work of reconstructing the building on 
tie new foundation. On November fifteen- they had 
; sufficiently complete to hold services in it and 
n that date their first service was held. 

IVERYBODY Most of the wrecking of the old 

HELPED structure was done by volunteer 

help from the members of the 
lurch and their friends. The huge task of hauling 
le material to the new site twenty miles away was 
lade almost without cost to the church through the 
mtact that the pastor had with a local auto firm 
)r which he had been acting as salesman. As high 
3 five trucks at a time were in, use in this work. 
he pastor was selling autos and financing the labor 
f several men who worked on the building. We have 
ildom seen a more self-sacrificing and hard work- 
ig pastor than Brother Bowser. Without his fine 
anagement and the hundreds of dollars he put in 
le work himself it is hard to conceive how the 
ork could possibly have been done so quickly and so 
ell. After the material was at the new ground the 
embers continued to help in erecting the structure 
i they had time. All this was a long grind for them 



what they could. There is still some work to be done 
in the basement to fit it for use, but they are plan- 
ning on doing this themselves through the winter 
months. 



LOW COST OF 
BUILDING 



It is but natural that so much 
help in the labor end of such an 
enterprise should reduce the cost 
of the whole thing and it did. After purchasing 
beautiful new lighting fixtures, a new steam heat 
plant, and plumbing, their entire debt will be about 
three thousand dollars. This is a most favorable sit- 
uation for a new work. 



SPECIAL Then followed the special services. 

MEETINGS Brother Bowser arranged with vari- 
ous Brethren preachers of the district 
to come in and speak for him a night or so each. 
For two weeks this went on. They left a very fine 
impression on the community and congregation. Then 
came one week during which the writer held meet- 
ings to wind up the effort. While the time was not 
ripe for a real harvest of evangelism, yet the meet- 
ings did great good for the work in general and let 
the community know what the Brethren Church be- 
lieves, and that there were a lot of Brethren, preach- 
ers who know how to preach what they believe. 
That's something for a community to find out in 
these days ! But the Brethren Church is going for- 
ward as never before, and in this department you 
will read the story of the progress month after 
month. Pray much for the work and the workers. 

R. PAUL MILLER 



ON ROMANS 10:9-10 
"With vu/ month I confess the Lord Jesiw, vii/ Lord, 

As the Ransomer purchasing m.r 
In the death of all deaths on the God-cursed cross 

Wfiat a Savior of saviors is He! 
With my heart I believe in the Christ wJio arose 

For I died in His death on the tree — 
Yet in Christ I arose, and in newness of life! (Rom. 

What a Victor of victors is He! 

— R. W. Howard 



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The Brethren Evcmgelist 




AMONG 

OUR 

NEW CHURCHES 




By Earl C. Bowser, Pastor 

A .little over a year has elapsed since the newly 
organized Brethren Church was accepted into the de- 
nomination and began its work in Juniata. During 
the past year the Lord has richly blessed this church 
in so many ways that wei are unable to express our 
gratitude in the way we ought for His kindness to 
us. 

During the past year we have had the privilege 
afforded us of worshipping in the Juniata Gospel 
Mission and enjoying the fellowship of God's chil- 
dren at that place. For over a year these two groups 
have worshipped together, united in one bond of 
Christian fellowship, harmony, and unity, of which 
we have never seen the like, but we believe the Lord 
has led us in every respect in our undertaking to do 
His will. 

In January of 1936 we purchased a lot for the 
sum of $775.00; one of the very few that was ob- 
tainable for less than $2,000.00 anywhere in the city 
of Altoona and one which we believe is located in 
one of the finest sections of the city. During the last 
week of January several members of the Missionary 
Board of the State District Board of Pennsylvania 
met with us in the Juniata Gospel Mission, and we 
decided upon some definite steps toward organiza- 
tion and the consideration of erecting a building 
upon the newly acquired lot. It was at this time 
that one of the board members suggested the thought 
of acquiring the Brethren Church that had been 
abandoned at New Enterprise. 

During the next month a sale was held at the 
Brethren Church at New Enterprise, disposing of all 
the church furniture, excepting the pews, which had 
already beeni given to the iNew Kensington church. 
The furniture was bought by the pastor (Rev. Earl 
C. Bowser), including the original piano and chairs 
of the church and the State Mission Board agreed 
to pay for same. It was at this sale that the pastor 
inquired of the church trustees and of others of the 
community about the feasibility of moving the 
church building to Altoona. The church trustees 
and all the folks consulted felt it was an unwise 
move because of involving too much expense, but the 
pastor in consultation with the mission board mem- 
bers and members of his own congregation, felt led 



of the Lord to carry out the project. The pastor, 
after much prayer and consideration, knowing the 
building as he did, because of it being one of the 
churches of his home town, in which he had wor- 
shipped as a boy, undertook the dismantling of the 
building, which was not an easy task, owing to the 
size of the building being 60 feet long, 35 feet wide, 
18 feet ceiling inside and a very high roof, ap- 




Earl C. Bowser I 

proximately 25 feet from the ceiling to the comb cli 
the roof. 

The board members and the church, after due coi^ij 
sideration, elected Brother Vaughn, one of the meiii,-i 
bers of the congregation., to be responsible for carry- 
ing on the work with the aid of the church board,' 
the pastor and his men set to work toward dismantK 
ing the building. After the foundation had been dug) 
on the lot in Juniata and a beautiful stone wall, | 
feet high and 18 inches think was constructed, at 
expense of $600.00 for the wall alone, the church be^ 
gan its task of hauling the material to Juniata and 
constructing the same building on the same sized< 
foundation as it was in the beginning and erect 
building exactly as it was at New Enterprise, wi 
the exception of the belfry and tall spire that towew 
above the church. 

By the first of October the building had b© 
placed on the foundation under the original ro( 



January 23, 1937 



11 



which is of steel shingles. Very little new lumber was 
used, with the exception of a little weather board- 
ing and flooring for the balcony. The pulpit which 
was originally at New Enterprise; just a small ar- 
rangement, was changed and a rostrum 10 feet wide 
and 35 feet long was placed in front of the church 
18 inches high. The inside of the building is most 
beautifully plastered and finished with the finest 
plaster job which we have ever seen in any building 
of this nature. Brother Vaughn is a plasterer by 
trade and it is he that is responsible for the beauti- 
ful job which we are now enjoying. 

We had considerable expense for sewage, totalling 
approximately $500.00. We have our steam heating 
plant of a large size, bought from Sears, Roebuck 
and Company at an expenditure of $900 installed. We 
have installed in the church beautiful lights of the 
latest design, having to wait a few days for the 
completion of the 1937 design before they could be 
installed. A fine stone entrance has been erected, 
with stone pillars in front of the church and al- 
though much work remains to be done on the out- 
side in the way of grading, the building already has 
brought in much favorable comment. 

On November 15th, we held our first Sunday 
School in the building with an attendance of 73 and 
our first worship period with an attendance of 105. 
In the evening at 7:30 we assembled for our first 
evening service in the new building. We had an at- 
tendance of 130, which was quite gratifying, real- 
izing that five churches in Juniata were in the midst 
of revivals and special meetings. At 9:45 the same 
evening we broadcasted our first radio service direct 
from the church over WFBC of Altoona, which we 
are very happy to have the privilege of doing, be- 
cause it inaugurated the first church broadcasting 
service to be held weekly from any church in this 
section of the city. The church is on the air every 
Sunday evening at 6:30, broadcasting direct from 
the church, touching thousands of people with the 
gospel of Christ in word and ini song. 

For three weeks following our opening service we 
had the privilege of having Brethren pastors and 
evangelists with us, having an average attendance of 
142. The second Sunday night that we were in oui 
new building, Rev. V. D. Grubb of Juniata, Lew 
Grubb's father, brought his folks with • us and he 
preached the evening sermon to a crowded house. 
The first public conversion that we have had was 
made in this service. A woman 65 years of age gave 
her heart to Christ. During this series of meetings, 
including the third week, when we had Rev. R. Paul 
Miller with us we had wonderful interest manifest 
in every service. As a direct result of these meetings, 
we are planning a baptismal service to be held Jani. 1. 
The membership of the new church now totals 55 
and continues to grow. Our Sunday School attend- 
ance has been averaging 62, while our preaching at- 



tendance has been averaging 124 since the meet- 
ings have closed. The church uses two pianos and two 
choruses, under the direction of the pastor including 
congregational singing, which adds much to the in- 
terest of our church work. 

The pastor will be in full time work from now on, 
which has been made possible by the cooperation of 
the boards and the local church. Tlie pastor 
will have charge of the Juniata Gospel Mis- 
sion and continue in the Albright Church of the 
Brethren, conducting an evangelistic meeting every 
Tuesday evening in the mission and having charge 
of the mid-week Bible and prayer service in the 
church Wednesday evening and going to Albright 
Church of the Brethren, on Tliursday evening, while 
the people of the mission and the church conduct a 
cottage prayer meeting at the same time, while on 
Friday evening the two groups meet in the church 
for their chorus rehearsal, also special music. 

The church thus far has expended a total of $3,000 
of borrowed money; plus approximately $1500.00 of 
donations and gifts from the members and friends 
of the congregation. The church has also undertaken 
the broadcasting of the gospel over the air, which 
w^e have already mentioned, at an expense of ap- 
proximately $40.00 a month, which we believe is a 
very worthy missionary entei-prise in these last days. 
We are hoping to raise sufficient funds to carry on 
our work and finish the interior of the building, by 
adding new pews and new carpet, painting the build- 
ing inside and outside, and finishing the basement. 
We will need approximately $1500.00 to finish every- 
thing. We are using temporary pews at the present 
time, which we obtained from an abandoned Metho- 
dist Church. Owing to the increased work of the pas- 
tor, he has been compelled to move from his new 
home, just outside of the city, which he built last 
year, into furnished rooms, for the present at least. 



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THE SOURCE OF PEACE 

Wait on the Lord every ■moment — 

He's promised thy strength to renew; 
Ye shall mount up on wings as the eagles; 

Ye shall run all the long day through 
With feet that shall never grow weary 

With hearts that shall never faint. 
And always His faithfulness brings us 

Rejoicing that knows no restraint. 

Trust in the Lord every moment — 

His mercies are new day by day; 
Ye shall stand as unmoved as the mountains 

'Midst the stress and the strife of life's fray. 
Lean not on thine oum. understanding, 

Let the Spirit of God now release 
Unfailing deep truths from- the Scriptures, 

In these ye shall surely find peace. 

— Mary Catherine Zuck 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



To all the readers of the Brethren Evangelist we wish to ex- 
press our deep appreciation for help, sympathy, and prayers dur- 
ing the past year so filled with problems wholly beyond our pow- 
er to solve; and to our heavenly Father for His unfailing care and 
deliverance. May His unfolding presence be with each one of you 
through each day of the coming year, if He tarry. 



in Juniata, just two doors from the church, havinig 
just closed the house up, with furniture and every- 
thing in the house as yet. 

We have gratefully appreciated the prayers of the 
entire church in our behalf and will continue to pray 
for the other missionary projects of the Brethren 
Church as well as our own in order that the church 
may carry out its command, given by the Lord Him- 
self in Matt. 28:19,20, and knowing that his ap- 
pearing may be any moment, we will continue to 
serve Him until He comes. 

Present address of the pastor is 227 Seventh Ave., 
Juniata, Altoona, Pa. 



GLENDALE, CALIFNORIA 

Slowly, surely, the Lord works His purposes to 
perform. Tlie Brethren at Glendale are recognizing 
that God is accomplishing His great pleasure in the 
matter of building a church here. God has wonder- 
fully blessed us in the past two years. Those years 
have been victorious years, brightened by victories 
won ?nd aims achieved. Yet in all God has continued 
to display to His people the greater things which 
are beyond. Though both numerically and spiritually 
this little band of Brethren has enjoyed splendid 
growth, God in His great purpose has kept us hum- 
ble, ofttimes with a hand that is sternly disciplin- 
ary. Now, at the end of more than two years of la- 
bor it is the deep seated conviction of all in the 
church that God in His sovereign power, though 
sometimes it seems despite our blundering efforts, 
is building a body of people especially dear to His 
name. 

The past six months have been months of pleas- 
urable enjoyment of the blessings that have been 
showered upon this little church. Now, for the first 
time in our history, we are privileged to labor in a 
nearly complete and up-to-date house of worship. 
Many are the hearts that are bursting with joy be- 
cause of the pleasing, worshipful atmosphere that 
now pervades the church. The past six months have 
been months in which a settling and maturin.g pro- 



cess has been going on. Many are the needs in a 
new church for duties to be more clearly defined, 
policies to be accepted and adhered to, understand- 
ings to be met, methods of administration to be 
perfected, and spiritual perceptions to be heightened. 
These things have all been in the process of becom- 
ing perfected, and though probably unseen on the 
surface, constitute a very important aspect of church 
growth. Truly it is pleasing to the Lord, who under- 
stands the thoughts of men, to see His workers be- 
coming more settled and proficient in their duties. 
The past six months have beeni months of outstand- 
ing growth in the understanding of the Word and 
the deepening of the individual devotional lives of 
the people. Through Bible Class, sermon, and indi- 
vidual prayer life and study, many have been blessed 
of the Lord. We rejoice at the keenness of spiritual 
perception- and the love of the Bible that are so man- 
ifest in many hearts. The past six months have been 
a time of expansion and growth. Souls are being 
won in the Bible School, the church services, and in 
the homes. New families are being touched for the 
Lord by visitation. The rapid growth of the city 
of Glendale provides more homes to be entered, and 
thus gives a larger field of sei"vice. Tlie memberc-hip 
of the church is being enlarged to provide a greater 
means of service and activity for the Lord. Truly, 
these means of growth must all be taken into ac- 
count in considering the welfare of a new church. 

As to events of interest recently here at Glendale, 
suffice it to say that the Lord has provided many 
spiritual feasts and many times of fellowship for 
His people. Perhaps the outstanding event was the 
Prophetic Bible Conference held during the month 
of November. 

For a week's time, large audiences gathered to 
hear such men as Dr. Louis T. T?lbot and Dr. John 
Hubbard of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, and 
Dr. L. S. Bauman, Rev. Chas. Ashman and Dr. Floyd 
Taber. A blessed time wa'? experienced by all those 
in attendance. Truly the church was built up by 
that conference. Throughout the fall season speak- 
ers have been brought in. from time to time, with 



anuarij 23, 1937 13 

reat interest among' our people being displayed. pose. Even the difficulties are used to draw His 

The Bible School and Christian Endeavor Socie- people closer to His blessed side. Many are the 

ies have been doing good work with the young peo- hearts that have been, literally seized by our blessed 

le, the Bible School holding close to the two hun- Lord and drawn to Him through the very things 

red mark throughout the fall. The four Christian that make this work difficult. 

Indeavor Societies with an average attendance of As to the outlook of this little church in the fu- 
ighty each Sunday night are doinig much to build ture, the Lord has given us great promise of good 
p and prepare a fine group of workers for the days things to come. Our people are progressive, desiring 
come. These with the other organizations of the to expand and touch others with the glorious gospel 
hurch, the Women's Missionary Society, Men's of Jesus Christ. The true missionary zeal is mani- 
Jrotherhood, the Ladies Bible Class, are all enjoying fested here, not only in the matter of foreign mis- 
deepening growth and are preparing themselves sions but in the home mission program. Being a 
\)Y more capable service in the years to come if the home mission, church, it is needless to say that we 
lord should tarry. recognize the value of home mission dollars in caiTy- 
Let it not be said that there are no disappointments, ing on the work of the Lord. The Lord graciously 
|o handicaps, no insurmountable obstacles in this put it into the hearts of our people to give a Thanks- 
'ork here in Glendale. Many are the trials of pastor giving offering of some $220, of which more than 
nd people. Temptations are legion ; setbacks come in $60 was given by the Bible School. Realizing that 
rofusion; disheartening events come in abundance there is a vast field of service in this community, 
; seems that the very atmosphere is freighted with the church is planning, when the time comes, t o 
lings to hold back the work of the Lord. Yet erect an addition to the building to accommodate 
irough it all God has made known to us His pur- Bible School pupils. For this undertaking we ask 

JUSTINTIME 

We have a new church in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. In this new Sunday School 
there is a little boy named Donald Tucker. When his bank was turned in we discovered that 
this bright-eyed chap had gone about his community gathering up scrap iron and other 
pieces of metal that he could sell. Then he would turn the proceeds into his Foundation 
Builder's bank. We understand that his mother and father and all the neighbors had to 
be careful that they did not lay things they wanted around too carelessly, or the first 
thing they knew, Donald would have them sold and the proceeds smacked into his bank. 
But he filled his bank and won the prize and that was what he was after! 

There is a little girl by the name of June Minnix living in Gratis, Ohio. She has 

some neighbors who are members of our Brethren Church there and they bring her to 
our Sunday School. Now June took her Foundation Builder's bank seriously and started 
in to fill it at once. Every penny she could get hold of she put in her bank. When kind 
friends gave her money to buy new hair ribbons she would ask her mother to wash and 
iron the old ribbons and put the money for the new ones in her bank. Already this little 
lady has learned the secret and joy of sacrifice. May she ever be a great joy to her moth- 
er and father and a blessing to her church. 

Down in Winchester, Virginia, is a little lad by the name of Kennieth Ooffelt. He is 

reported as a faithful Sunday School boy, and we believe it for he has become a prize win- 
ner. Mrs. Frye, his Foundation Builders' Secretary, is very proud of Kenneth because he 
filled his band ahead of time, and when it was opened there was exactly five dollars in it. 
Many a man who is a member of the church hasn't given that much to the Lord's work 
in his whole life. God bless you Kenneth, and make you a fine Christian boy. 

These three prize winners arrived just in time to be counted before November 15th. 
They will be the last prize winners for this year. There have been more of them this year 
than ever before. We hope that 1937 will be the greatest yet. 



u 

the prayers of the people of the Brethren churches 
throughout the country. The next coming future 
event will be the evangelistic campaign with Rev. 
R. Paul Miller during March. We are looking for- 
ward to a splendid time of spiritual blessing and up- 
building of the church during those weeks. 

We are pleased to make this report of the Glen- 
dale work for we realize that it is the love in the 
hearts of the Brethren in giving to home missions 
that has made this work possible. More than that 
it is the wonderful provision of our Lord who has 
seen fit to place us in this field of service. It is our 
prayer that He will keep both you and us faithful to 
the work "till He comes." 

DON CARTER 



The Brethren Evangelis | 

Here are a few lines to let you know we do like th( 
new Junior Quarterlies here at Clay City Indiana. 
No rvords can ever let you knotv 
Ho7v we like "T>-ue Storirs From the Long Ago"; 
On Sunday morning each girl and boy 
Comes to the class just filled, with joy. 
They always have their lessons ivell 
So tve, together, the story tell. 
Then last, we tvork on the hidden treasure, 
But it isn't iiard — it's all a pleasure. 
And best of all, let us tell you 
We carry our Bibles to Sunday School, too. 

Sincerely yours, 

Jo L. Morris, 

Teacher of Juniors at Clay City, Ind. 



W. 1. DUKER 

Preiident 

Goihen, Ind. 

e. L. MILLER 



NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 
ASSOCIATION 

S. M. WHETSTONE 
Editor for January 



V. LEATHERMAN 
General Secretary 
Berlin, Pa. 

M. A. STUCKEY 

Treasurer 

Aihland. Ohio 



JUNIOR DEPARTMENT 
EXHIBITS 

By Mary A. Merrick 

The following represents a year's 
special poster program which is being 
successfully used in connection with the 
Junior- Departtnent of the Washington, 
D. C. church. We are glad to present 
this because we believe that perhaps 
other churches will profit by some of 
the suggestions which are made here. 
Miss Merrick is the Junior Department 
Superintendent in the church at Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

The monthly programs used on the 
lExhibit Board of the Junior Depart- 
ment have been as follows: 
November: Theme — "Thanksgiving." 

Pictures were used of things we 
should be thankful for, such as, Christ, 
Bible, church, home, school, books, na- 
ture, food, etc. Colored leaves between 
the pictures, here and there, added to 
the attractiveness of the board. 

Our Scripture readings during the 
opening service each Sunday during this 
month were chosen to present the idea 
of thanksgiving and why we should be 
thankful. The emphasis, of course, was 
placed upon thanksgiving for the Son 
of God and the salvation he has pro- 
vided. 
December: Theme — "Christmas." 

On the board we used the art posters 
which can be purchased to paste the 
figures on. 

Our Scripture and programs and 
stories concerned the birth of Christ. 
January: Theme — "Go to Church." 

The exhibit consisted of ten large red 
cardboard bells — each carrying one let- 
ter of the slogan "Go to Church." These 
were hung on ribbon and tacked on the 



board as though they were ringing. Also 
a picture of our church building. 

Illustrations during this month en- 
deavored to bring out the need for at- 
tendance at the church as well as Sun- 
day School services. 
February : Theme — 

"Faith, Love, Truth." 

Picture of Lincoln (word faith over 

it). Heart made of small red hearts 

with John 3:16 in center. Picture of 

Washington (word truth over it). 

The boys and girls were asked to 
learn Bible verses during this month 
about these three things. 
March: Theme— "The Bible.' 

Exhibit Board — (Initial letters large 
and red, phrase, small black letters). 
B ehold the Book 
I nvestigate the Book 
B elieve the Book 
L ive the Book 
E xtend the Book 
Our group work consisted of learning 
facts about the Bible and some reasons 
why we believe it to be the inspired 
Word of God. This was chosen purpose- 
ly as we have graduation the last Sun- 
day of March and the acrostic was giv- 
en as a challenge to those leaving us 
for the Intermediate Department. 
April : Theme — "Easter." 

Exhibit board — flower border of red 
tulips and purple iris. Posters vvath 
Easter pictures (the same type we had 
at Christmas). 

The group work emphasized the 
resurrection. 

May: Theme — "Mother." 
Pictures — "Mother" — Whistle. 

"Mother and Child" — Bodenhausen. 
Posters made by the class. 
June and part of July: Theme — 

"Prayer." 
Pictures — "The Angelus," "Christ in 



Gethsemane," and a child at prayer. 
White cardboard basket filled with pink 
roses (made of construction paper). Six' 
or seven scripture references tacked up! 
with a rose from the basket, this just to ] 
make it attractice. Theme verse — Phil. 
4:6. 

Group work included why we should 
pray, how we should pray, when to 
pray, and some things our prayers 
should contain. Our reading covered 
some of the well-known prayers from 
the Scripture. 
August and September: Theme — 

"Don't Forget Jesus." 

Board — Pictures of nature, exempli- 
fying different types of vacation places 
with the theme words printed across 
the board. 
October: Theme — "The Name of Jesus." 

Board — Pictures of large star — 
"Morning Star", loaf of bread — "Bread 
of Life," boy Christ — "Jesus," "Son of 
God," signpost — "The Way," Bible — 
"The Word." etc. 

The hymn we use every Sunday dur- 
ing this month is "Take the Name of 
Jesus With You." Our Scripture les- 
sons bring in these different names 
and what they mean. 
November: Theme — "Home Missions." 

We have secured a good sized map of 
the United States and are placing large 
red stars bearing the names of the 
home mission points in their proper 
places. We plan to tell the boys and 
girls something about some of these 
places and also "Why Home Missions."' 



HIS OWN MEDICINE 

A Communist agitator rode into 
Hyde Park and after leaning his bi- 
cycle against the railings, mounted a 
soap box and proceeded to address the i 
crowd. "If your family is hungry," he 
shouted, "raid a shop and take food 
from them, and don't care what anyone 
says. If your wife hasn't got a coat, 
pick the best fur coat you can see, and 
ignore the consequences." After sev- 
eral more minutes in this strain he 
dismounted from his soap box, and his i 
next words were, "Who are the scound- 
rels who took my bike?" 



Jwrvmry 23, 1937 



15 



FINANCIAL REPORT 

Thanksgiving Offering 



(Note: All amounl.s are lor the General Fund, ex- 
;pt those deslgnatetl us follows: (L) Literature: 
K) Kentucky: (E) Evangelism; and the different 
[ission Points). 

[IS. Lulu Hall Poffenberger & 

Miss Edith U. Hall, Williamsnort. Pa. (K) ..$ 10.00 
iaiy A. Snyder, 

Glovers Gap, \V. Va 10.00 

lam Bair, 

Bochester, Ind 1.00 

. R. Boon, 

Durham, Calif 5.00 

lizabeth Steele, 

Buffsdale, Pa 1.00 

ra George Malbaff, 

Inavale, Nebr 1-00 

rs, O, A, Metz, 

Ocheyedam, Iowa 5.00 

rs. Seltha Dawson 

Marion, Ind 10.00 

r. Wm, S. Goss. 

Ban Claire. Wis 5.00 

rs. Joe Hass, 

Lakeville, Ind 2.00 

rs. Thomas Corner, 

West Indeuendence, Ohio 1.00 

rs. Koy Decker, 

Augusta. IMich 5. 00 

Edna Copley, 

Alvada. Ohio 1.00 

■. M. A. Kurts, 

Wabash, Ind 5.00 

c. A, wm, 

Bockwell, Pa. (Listie Church. (Baltimore) .. 20.00 
& Mrs. E. C. Moser, 

Claysville, Pa 5.00 

'. & Mrs. Geo. E. Murphy, 

Monongah, W. Va 5.00 

Ada M. Salyer, 

Clifford, Ky 5.00 

ary A. & Carrye M. Arthur, 

Red Key. Ind 200 

; Mrs. Frank Coover, 

Harbor Springs. Mich 2.00 

rs. Ellen S. Fllckinger, 

Boardman, Oregon 2.00 

Ida Himiller, 

Washington Court ITollscOhio 1.00 

(fc Mrs. Oscar Stiger, 

Port Angeles, Wash 5. 00 

member, 

Spooner. Wis. (K) & (Gen) 12.00 

B. .Tohnson, 

Koland, Ark 1.00 

Friend 100.00 

Friend, 
McLouth, Kans 5 00 

Gilbert Carnes, ( 
Toledo, Ohio l.on 

& Mrs. B. H. Showalter, 
Palestine, W, Va. 

(Prosperity Brethren Church) 10.00 

rs. Ray Aeby, 

Indianapolis. Ind 5.00 

& Mrs. G. B. Strayer. 

Fort Lauderdale. Fla 2.00 

^I.Tltie Klinzman, 
Bagley, Iowa 1.00 

C. E. Sprague. 
Bagley. Iowa 1 OO 

Clara Berkeybile, 
Mifflin, Pa 2.00 

Tlo.se Replogle. 
Oaklyn, N. .1 1.00 

E. G. Goode, 

Harrisonburg, Va 8.00 

M. S. per Mrs. Maggie Strayer, 
Hudson, Iowa 10.00 

Margaret Hartman, 
Wakarusa, Indiana 3.00 

Ed. Warnock. 

Bristol. Ind. - 5.00 

alter R. Ronemous, 

Oiarleston. .S. C 5.00 

r. & Mrs. W. Lester Wilson, 

San Jose, Calif 5.00 

rs. Frank Sprague, 

Cooper, Iowa. (K- 2.00 

Laura Puderbaugh, 

Denver, Colo 2.00 

rs. Saville Deaner. 

Schell-sburg. Pa 5.00 

:r. & Mrs. E. Grise, ( 

Damascas, Ohio 

(North Georgetown, O. . Church) 5.00 

Ts. John Rockford, 

Tan Etton, N. T 8.00 

:r. & Mrs. E. E. Focht, 

Richmond, Ind 10.00 

T. H. S. Eyman, 

Big Bow. Kans 5.00 

TS. A. J, Long, 

Central City, Pa. (K) 5.00 

r. & Mrs. J. W. Tibbals, 

Panora, Iowa 5.00 



1st Brethren Church, 
Loree, Indiana, 

Rev. C. Y, Gilmer 5.00 

Mrs. C. T. Gilmer 5.00 

Mary Elizabeth Gilmer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. F. Davis 25.00 

Josephine Smoker 5. 00 

Russell Jenkins 5.00 

Foundation Builders '. 10.00 

Miscellaneous 53.29 



Total 

1st Bretliren Church. 
Sergeantsville, N. J. 

Bess E. Fisher 

Mrs. Ohas. Johnson 

Mr. &. Mrs. Frank Whitlock 

Miscellaneous church offering . . . . 

Total 

Krypton Brethren Mission, 
Krypton. Ky. 

Rev. Fred Walter 

Lj'da Carter (Stockton) (Gen) 

C. E. Faltner & FamQy 

Foundation Builders 

Gifts less than $5.00 

Total 

County Line Brethren Church, 
Ijikeiille, Ind. 
Sunday School and Ladies Aid . . . . 

1st Bretliren Church, 

Cleveland, Ohio 

Mr, C. A. Hultgren 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Jackson (Baltii 
Mr. & Mrs. J. D. Edwards " 
Mr. & Mrs. George Peer " 
Rev. Charles Mayes " 
Rev. & Mrs. Tom Hammers " 
IHr. & Mrs. F. B. Miller " 
Miss Alice Garber " 
Men's Bible Class " 
Builder's Class " 
W. M. S. " 
Gifts less than $5.00 " 
Miscellaneous (General Fund) . . . . 
Foundation Builder's 



ll:l.2!l 



5.01) 
21.011 
5.00 
3.91 
5.50 



5.00 
5.011 
10.00 
10.00 
10.00 
15.00 
25.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.05 
10.00 
19.18 
1.00 
:!0.28 



Total Cash and pledges 207.01 

1st Brethren Church, 
Beaver City, Nebr. 

Mrs. Viva Kitchens ) 10.00 

Mrs. Emma E. Atwood 5.00 

Anna Manley 8-00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Miscellaneous O-IO 

Mr. & Mrs. G. B. Sibert & Helen 41.on 

Total 83.19 

1st Brethren Church, 
West Aleiandria, Ohio. 

H. J. Riner 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W, C. Keplinger 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 (K (Gen) 3.10 

Total 13.10 

1st Brethren Church, 
North Manchester. Ind. 

Kev, J, Raymond Schutz, (K) (Gen) 5.00 

E. Jay Hippensteel 5.00 

J. L. Warvel 5.00 

Walter Loucks 5.00 

Kentucky Fund (Miscellaneous) 7.00 

Evangelistic Fund (Miscellaneous) 2.50 

General Fund (Miscellaneous) 32.09 

Additional 2.00 

Total 04.19 

1st Brethren Church, 
Aleppo. Pa. 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Cook 25.00 

Miscellaneous 33. 00 

Total 58.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
North Liberty, Indiana 

Mrs, C, G. Wolfe ( 5.00 

Mr. A. E. Price 13.00 

Rev. A. M. Witter 5.00 

Catherine Rolfe 5.00 

Mrs. Margaret Witter 5.00 

Miscellaneous 18.19 

Total 51.10 

1st Brethren Church, 
Cameron, W. Va, 

Congregation 5.50 



1st Brethren Church, 
Hamlin, Kans, 

Mr. & Mrs. N. P. Eglin 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. S. I. Miller 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. C. Blanchard 5.00 

.Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cloud 5.00 

Miscellaneous 8.:iS 

Total 53.3S 

Campbell Brethren Church, 
Lake Odessa, Mich. 

Mr. & Mrs. Boy Thomas (K) (G) 10.00 

Mrs. Ed. Wait 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Allarding 20.00 

Mary L. Henney 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lester Miller (G) (K) (L) (E) 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. G. Price 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Calvin Nash 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. S. Groff 10.00 

Meredith W. Darby 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. I. Darby 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 10.110 

Total Cash receipts 85.00 

Total pledges 55.00 

Grand Total llO.ilO 

1st Brethren Church, 
New Lebanon. Ohio 

Mr. John C. Eck 15.00 

Mr. Harvey Dafler 5.00 

Mr. John Erbaugh 5.00 

Miscellaneous 31.22 

Miscellaneous (K) 95 

Total 57.17 

1st Brethren Church. 
Huntington, Indiana 

Mrs. Belle Zook 5.00 

Rev. H. M. Oberholtzer 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 15.00 

Total 25.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Warsaw, Indiana. 

Miss Dortha Bibler 5. 35 

Lester Helser (Indianapolis) 5.00 

L. P. Helser 10.00 

Mrs. Lena Herring 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. O. A. Kanauer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harvey May 0.00 

Jlr. & Mrs. F. E. Bobbins 5.00 

Mrs. Joyce K. Saylor 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Schue (Kl (Gen) 8.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Schade 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Hiram Ulrey 5.00 

Mrs. .Tohn Vanator 5.00 

Dr. & Mrs. L. E. Lindower 12.00 

Foundation Builder's 15.89 

Additional Offering 50.80 

Jlr. & Mrs. Frank Merkle 5.00 

Total 159.04 

1st Brethren Church, 
Mulvane, Kans. 

Rev. Elmer Keck 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. C. Schaper 5.00 

Gifts less than .$5.00 10.37 

Total 20.37 

1st Brethren Church, 
Portis, Kans. 

Charley Knoll 10.00 

Rev. George E. Cone 5.00 

Peterson Sisters 5.00 

Beulah Ratliff 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. T. N. Garner 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Brumbaugh 5.00 

Miscellaneous 13, 34 

Total 08.34 

1st Brethren Church, 
Ijouisville, Ohio. 

Jlr. & Jlrs. L. P. Clapper 5.00 

Jliss Viola Knoll 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. E. Miller 5.00 

Mrs. Floyd Miller 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Homer Newhouse 5.00 

Jlrs. Ida Boss (Ch. Er.) (K) 5.00 

Jlr. & Mrs. Galan Sluss 5.00 

Eev. & Mrs. A. E. Whltted 10.00 

Miss Dorothy Whitted 5.00 

Mr. Elton Whitted 5.00 

Jliscellaneous gifts 24,00 

Miscellaneous gifts (Ch. Er) l.OO 

Total 85.00 

Pike Brethren Church, 

JIundy's Comer, Pa 10.00 

Bev. & Mrs. Bobert Ashman 10.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. H. L. Burkhart 5.00 

Jlrs. Anne Carlisle 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Cunningham 5.00 

Mrs. Lillian Commons 5.00 

Jlr. £ Mrs. Evan Davis 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. John Griffith (Gen) (K) 25.00 

Jlrs. Gertrude Helsel 5.00 

Jlrs. Josephine Kerr 5.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Morgan Kirkpatrick 25.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. James Leonard 10.00 

Dan & Loy Leonard , 5.00 

Jlr. & Jlrs. .Tames I. JIackall 50.00 

Mr. & Mrs, M. F. Mackall 25.00 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



God s Ancient People Israel 
The Key Nation of The Earth 



HOW JEWS ARE BROUGHT 
TO CHRIST 

By the Rev. J. Hoffman Cohn, General 

Secretary, American Board of 

Missions to tiie Jews, Inc. 

In going around among Christian 
churches and talking with pastors and 
Christian leaders, I am often asked the 
question, "Can Jews really be con- 
verted ? " And I answer in paraphrase 
of St. Paul in Romans 11:1: "I also 
am an Israelite!" 

The late Rev. John Donaldson, of 
Brooklyn, once told how he stood listen- 
ing to a group of pastors at a minis- 
terial meeting bewailing the influx of 
foreigners into church neighborhoods. 
He heard one pastor say to another 
that the number of Jews which had re- 
cently moved into the vicinity of his 
church meant the disbanding of his 
congregation and the putting up of the 
church property for sale. Another pas- 
tor, who overheard the remark, re- 
plied: "Beloved, there was a time when 
the Gospel, faithfully preached, won 
3,000 Jews to the Lord in one day. 
Perhaps these people are sent of the 
Lord to us as a challenge to our Gos- 
pel." 

Gentile Testimony 

However, the question as to whether 
the Jews of today can be reached by 
the Gospel is in the minds of many 
and demands an answer. Let me submit 
first the testimony of a Christian Gen- 
tile, the late Dr. Donaldson, already 
mentioned. In a report which appeared 
in The Chosen People some time ago. 
Dr. Donaldson wrote: 

"I was invited to address a meeting 
at the mission (Brooklyn) and was 
pleased to meet a body of Jews num- 
bering more than 200, mostly men. My 
discourse was based on Isaiah 53. In 
the fifth verse it is noted that this Di- 
vine Man 'was wounded for our trans- 
gressions' and 'bruised for our iniqui- 
ties,' while in the eighth verse it says, 
'He was cut off out of the land of the 
living,' certainly a plain statement re- 
garding His sacrifice for humanity's 
sins. This point is probably the most 
difficult for the Jewish mind to receive, 
but it was reinforced by such Scripture 
predictions as Psalm 22, and made a 
deep impression on the audience. The 
question was asked, 'Did this God-man 
remain dead who was put to death for 
our sins and was buried as described?' 
We permitted the prophetic Word to 
answer, 'He shall prolong his days' 
(verse 10), and 'He shall see the tra- 



vail of his soul and shall be satisfied" 
(verse 11). 

"When the resurrection of the Mes- 
siah was thus proved, and that from 
their own Holy Scriptures, it would be 
impossible to describe the looks on 
those faces and murmurs of astonish- 
ment which went around the room. The 
core of the Jewish heart was touched, 
and not a few confessed conviction that 
the hated Jesus was none other than 
their desired Messiah. When I got dovm 
to the floor, they fairly besieged me 
with questions; others said the light 
was dawning on them; while not a few 
praised the God of Israel that they had 
found the Messiah and knew He was 
their gracious Mediator." 

A Converted Jew 

I have quoted the testimony of a 
Gentile observer, but how about the 
testimony of the converted Jew? What 
has he to say for himself? Here is 
the testimony of Harry Burgen, a 
young Polish Jew, brought up in strict 
Orthodox Judaism: 

"The doctrine that Jesus Christ died 
for my sins there on Golgotha outside 
Jerusalem filled the emptiness of my 
heart and soul. Now I could under- 
stand the ti-uth of Leviticus 17, which 
says that the blood makes atonement 
for sin. It means the blood of Jesus 
Christ which was shed for our sins. 
This satisfied me. I searched in the 
Old Testament. I compared the prophe- 
cies in it with the fulfillments in Je- 
sus Christ according to the New Testa- 
ment. This quickened and enlightened 
my heart and I became convinced that 
I had found the holy and only truth, 
on which God had placed His seal 
namely, that Jesus is our holy Messiah 
It is now twenty-one years since then 
but the more I know and understand ol 
my righteous Redeemer, the happier 1 
am in Him." 

A Miracle With a Radical 

In the spring of 1913, a young Jew- 
ish radical from Russia, Moses H. Git- 
lin, found the Lord and was baptized 
in our Brooklyn mission. As he left 
the mission after his baptism, a num- 
ber of unconverted Jews got hold of 
him and attempted to do him bodily 
harm. Several of his new friends res- 
cued him. He calmly remarked that he 
would have been glad if they had giv- 
en him a good beating, so that he 
might feel in his own body something 
of the sufferings of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. 

Moses Schiff 

Associated with this young man is 



another trophy which the Lord has giv- 
en us, Moses Schiff, a convert from 
Talmudical Judaism. A description of 
their labors reads like a chapter from 
the Acts of the Apostles. In a recent 
letter, Mr. Gitlin vn-ote: "It was a joy 
to see the simple village Jews on a 
Saturday afternoon coming to hear the 
Jewish preacher. Some of them walked 
six kilometers. A few workingmen cur- 
tailed their day's work in order to at- 
tend Gospel meetings — ^for the first 
time in their lives. An elderly Jewish 
woman, wearing the traditional wig, 
came every evening. The old reader of 
the synagogue, and the tutor of the 
children, rejoiced at my visiting them. , 
The reader repeated his request, "Do I 
not forget to send me that little book, ; 
the New Testament, in Hebrew.' In the ] 
town of Sitszow I was at the syna- 
gogue. After the regular portions of 
the Torah (Law of Moses), there is 
the public reading of the prescribed 
portion from the Prophets. Imagine our 
Jewish people honoring me with the 
privilege of being invited to read the 
portion." 

Isidor Loewenthal 

Let us take the story of the Polish i 
Jew, Isidor Loewenthal. Late one bleak 
November day, an itinerant Jewish ped- 
dler stopped at a house near Wilming- 
ton, Del. The master of the house, a 
Presbyterian minister, took pity on the 
wet and poorly clad stranger and in- 
vited him to dinner and to spend the 
night. That evening, the minister dis- 
covered to his amazement that the 
destitute Jewish peddler was a master 
of Hebrew and other languages and a 
student of philosophy and science. The 
minister became interested and offered 
him the hospitality of his home until 
he should find work. Work was found, 
and years later the minister received 
this letter from the erstwhile peddler: 
"It was at your house, by your earnest 
prayers at family worship, to which I 
went partly from curiosity, partly from 
politeness, by your humble supplica- 
tions, that I was first awakened to my 
lost condition. I began to open my Bi- 
ble. I was astonished at what I found 
there, and more and more convinced 
that something was wrong with my 
life." 

The erstwhile peddler, Isidor Loe- 
wenthal, was ultimately converted 
through the interest and counsel of his 
friend, the minister, who had the joy 
of leading him to Christ and baptiz- 
ing him. After graduating from Lafay- 
ette College, Loewenthal entered 
Princeton Theological Seminary, and 
later graduated with highest honors. 
As class essayist, he wrote on "India 
as a Missionary Field." He was licensed 
by the Presbytery of New Brunswick 
and offered himself to the Board of 
Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian 
Church. India was the field he chose. 
He left New York as a missionary to 
that country and landed at Peshawer, 
Afghanistan, the pioneer to that dis- 
trict. Here, after a ministry of only 



January 23, 1937 



17 



nine years, he died. At the time of his 
death, he was master of Pushtoo, Per- 
sian, Cashmere, Hindustani, Arabic, He- 
brew, Eng'lish, German and French, 
and could converse with fluency in al- 
most all the numerous dialects of north- 
ern India. He had published a transla- 
tion of the Old Testament. A manu- 
script of a dictionary of Pushtoo was 
found almost completed on his desk. 

God Has His Remnant 

Because Israel is being punished of 
God as a nation, does not mean that in- 
jdividual Jews cannot be saved in large 
land increasing numbers. Was it not a 
[strange providence that made Nicholas 
©e Lyra, a Christian Jew, the means 
k)f spiritual illumination to Martin Luth- 
'er? Or do we wonder that Emanuel 
tt'remellius, another Hebrew Christian, 
jwas brought to England to aid in the 
jcompilation of the Book of Common 
Prayer? Time would fail me to tell 
about the important men of Jewish 
extraction who wrought nobly and ti- 
fectively for the spread of the Gospel 
in all nations. Can we forget how a 
young Jew was led to America, here 
Converted, and then went out to China 
to make a perfect translation of the 
Scriptures into the difficult Chineje 
tongue, so that millions of the upper 
classes of China might read the Holy 
Scriptures^ — Bishop Schereschowsky ? 
Can we forget Neander and his mon- 
umental work for the students of 
Church history? Or Bishop Helmuth 
jand his labors for higher education ? 
Pr Edith Lucas, in her splendid mis- 
sionary zeal in Central China? Or Wil- 
liam P. Palgrave, an Oxford graduate, 
and his quenchless love for the salva- 
tion of the British army officers and 
jsoldiers ? Or Bernard Minon, who es- 
tablished the first Christian mission in 
Bagdad? Or Julius Kessler, who 
worked in Madagascar? Or Leon 
Cochet, who established eight separate 
missions in South Africa? Or Solomon 
Ginsburger, of Brazil, who planned a 
campaign for the conversion of a thou- 
sand souls and before the first year 
ended had led 850 to Christ? Or A. D. 
jSalmon, who went out as one of the 
first missionaries to Tahiti ? Or Al- 
fred Edersheim, the Oxford professor 
and author of a classic Life of Christ? 
Or Rabinowitz, who did so much for 
Jewish evangelization in Southern Rus- 
sia and occasioned the establishment of 
hundreds of Christian assemblies in 
that oppressed country? So the list 
might be added to indefinitely — Adolph 
Saphir, David Baron, Carl Paul Cas- 
pari, the Herschell family, David Chris- 
tian Ginsburg, and many others. 

Does the cause of Jewish missions 
pay? It seems to me the record speaks 
for itself. — The Presbyterian. 



Christian Endeavor Department 

MISS MILDRED FURRY, N«ws Editor 
626 Somerset St., Johnstown, Pa. 

REV. L. E. LINDOWER, C. E. Topic Editor 
120 N. Bronson St., Warsaw, Ind. 



Have you power in prayer or service? 
Have you victory over sin? 
Have you courage in the conflict? 
If not, then get alone with Him. 



Topic for February 7 

CHRIST AND THE NEW 

TESTAMENT 

John 16:1-15 
SUB-TOPICS 

1. Christ's teaching pre-figured in 
the New Testament. Matt. 5:17-18; IG: 
18; Luke 13:34-35. 

2. His deah sealed a new covenant. 
Mark 14:24; Heb. 9:11-12. 

3. He directly authorized the New 
Testament, John 16:12-13. 

4. In His resurrection ministry lie 
demanded the New Testament message. 
Matt. 28:19-20; Acs 1:4-8. 

5. He appeared to John on Patraos 
to attest the works of the new body, 
the church. Rev. 1:19-20. 

ORDER OF SERVICE 

1. Songs, "All Hail he Power of Je- 
sus Name," and "Tell Me the Old, Old 
Story." 

2. Scripture reading, John 16:1-15. 

3. Sentence prayers. (Pray that those 
who are unsaved may find a saving 
knowledge of the Christ of the New 
Testament, and that we who are saved 
may be better servants of Him). 

4. Song, "Since Jesus Came Into My 
Heart." 

5. "Search the Scriptures." 

6. Special music. 

7. Leader's Talk. 

8. Sub-topics. 

9. Discussion of Hard Points. 

10. Song, "Take the Name of Jesus 
With You." 

11. Benedicion. 

"SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES" 

1. What does the New Testament gos- 
pel include about Christ? I Cor. 15:1-4. 

2. What does the New Testament say 
about Christ's death? Luke 18:31-34; I 
Peter 3:18. 

3. How important is the death of 
Christ? I Cor. 2:1-2; Luke 24:25-26. 

4. What does he New Testament say 
about the resurrection of Christ? Mark 
16:5-6; Acts 2:32, 4:10; I Cor. 15:4-8. 

5. How important is the resurrection 
of Christ? I Cor. 15:12-20. 

6. What does the New Testament say 
about Christ's ministry after His res- 
urrection? Matt. 28:16-20; John 21:1- 
14; Acts 1:1-8. 

7. What does the New Testament say 
about the ascension of Christ? Acts 
1:9; Eph. 4:8; I Tim. 3:16. 

8. What does the New Testament say 
about Christ's present ministry? John 
14:2; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; I John, 2:1. 

9. What was Christ's provision for 



us on earth in His absence? John 14: 
16-17, 16:7-11; Acts 2:1-4, 33. 

10. What does the New Testament say 
about Christ's return? John 14:3; Mark 
13:34-37; Acts 1:10-11. 

HARD POINTS EXPLAINED 
We Serve a Living Christ 

Jesus told Thomas, when he saw Him 
and believed, "Blessed are those who, 
seeing not, yet believe." No matter 
how well we may know our Lord and 
Master, yet we have never yet really 
seen Him. For this reason, even though 
we believe all that is taught in the New 
Testament about His resurrection and 
present ministry in heaven, sometimes 
we do not realize that He is just as 
much alive as when He fellowshipped 
with His disciples on earh. It is a 
great encouragement for me to know 
that He is interested in me enough to 
pray for me at the Father's right hand. 
I never make a mistake or do that 
which is displeasing to God, but what 
He manifests His love by interceding 
for me. Can we not love Him more and 
serve Him better when we realize this ? 
This is because He paid the price for 
our sins in His death. 

An Example of His Intercession 

Read the seventeenth chapter of John 
and you will see in this a sample of 
the inercession which Christ makes for 
His disciples constantly. He prayed not 
only for the eleven but also for all 
those who in the future would believe 
on Him (vs. 20). He prayed that His 
disciples may all be with Him and 
share His glory (vs. 24). We are joint- 
heirs with Christ! His "will" is always 
accomplished. 

PRACTICAL POINTS 

In order to test out your reading 
and memorization of Scripture, plan 
sometime to use part of a meeting for 
a "Scripture verse spell-down." Conduct 
it just like a word spell-dovra. Divide 
into two equal sides. First on one side, 
and then on the other, each one is to 
quote a verse of Scripture. The leader 
or judges should see that no verse is 
repeated more than once. Whenever one 
cannot think of a verse or quotes one in- 
correctly, he sit down. The last one up 
is the winner. 

(Topics prepared and copyrighted by 
Chrisian Publications, Inc.) 



BERLIN, PENSYLVANIA 

Dear C. E. friends. 
Greetings from the Berlin Young 
People's Society! 

(Continued on page 18) 



IS 



The Brethren Evangelist 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH, 

GRATIS, OHIO 

As one who likes to read reports 
from various sections of the brother- 
hood, we must confess to setting a 
bad example in not reporting oftener. 
The last report from here was before 
National Conference. Gratis had 28 
present for the Miami Valley Rally of 
The Women's Missionary Society. The 
Gratis society presented a playlet, 
though in the secretary's report of the 
meeting credit was given to the New 
Lebanon Society for the production. 
October was set apart as rally month 
in our Sunday School rather than just 
selecting one Sunday. Our Fall Com- 
munion sei'vice broke records for years 
by the number present for the service. 
A number were there for the first time. 
Who knows perhaps some for the last 
time. That has happened at each of 
our services since we came upon the 
field. Our Home Coming Day and pro- 
gram was held Sunday, November 
first. The rain fell but there was a 
splendid attendance. We are told that 
the largest number partook of the 
bounteous dinner in the dining room 
at noon that had ever been pi'esent up- 
on an ocassion like this. Rev. Walter 
Charlsworth of Greenville was the 
speaker. November 8 we were granted 
leave to conduct the Communion Ser- 
vice for the Fairview Brethren at 
Washington Court House. This was a 
pleasant and inspiring service. Sick- 
ness prevented some of the faithfuls 
from being present for the service 
however. Our Home Mission offering- 
was received at the Thanksgiving sea- 
son. It was the largest since coming 
here and shows a nice increase over 
previous offerings. The Home Mission 
playlet was given on Sunday evening, 
November 29 and was well received. 
There was a friendly contest for a 
month between the men's and the wom- 
en's adult, classes. The women were 
winners by a few points and the men 
entertained them with a program and 
refreshments. Some good cooks were 
discovered among the men, also some 
good dish washers. It was necessary 
for us to make a trip to Fayette Coun- 
ty, West Virginia the week of Decem- 
ber fourteenth so we fellowshipped 
with the Oak Hill Brethren and 
brought a messagge on Wednesday 
night to a large and appreciative aud- 
ience. Brother Everett Niswonger is 
doing a good work there. 

A Christmas pageant was presented 
which was well given and pronounced 
by some to have been the best ever 
given here. The White gift offering 



was received. We were called to the 
church kitchen at the close of the pa- 
geant and shown a number of things 
which we were told to take home with 
us. So while the wisemen placed their 
figurative gifts in the pageant at the 
feet of the Christ child, literal tangi- 
ble gifts were left for the parsonage. 
During the holidays we met with the 
other members of the Executive Com- 
mittee of the Home Mission Board at 
Ashland. New Year's Day our business 
meeting was held and the officers 
elected for the coming year. Reports 
were made and the general work of 
the church inspected. The reports were 
very encouraging. Every fund had a 
cash balance remaining and all bills 
were paid. Not one single cent was 
asked for at the meeting. We closed 
our second year as pastor here with 
the third Sunday of December and have 
now launched out in the third year. 
What it shall bring is locked within 
the knowledge of God, to be revealed to 
us day by day. There has not been as 
much accomplished as we would have 
desired but for progress made and the 
28 names added to the membership list 
we are thankful. We are now looking 
forward to our revival commencing 
March first with Rev. C. C. Grisso as 
the evangelist. This field is hard and 
marked indifference to things spiritual 
is on every hand. All we can do is to 
sow the seed and labor faithfully; the 
results are in other hands. So we cov- 
et the prayers of those who are vitally 
interested in spiritual growth that this 
corner of the great vineyard shall have 
sufficient seed sown. 

FREEMAN ANKRUM, Pastor. 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

NEWS 
(Continued from page 17) 

Since studying, "Better Meetings" 
by Harry T. Stock, our society has 
been growing- for the Lord. We have 
an average attendance of 20. 

To start out with, we've discarded 
reading the readings found in the quar- 
terlies. We use the National Organi- 
zation topics, but make up our own 
programs. We hand out the questions 
in plenty of time; thus our discussions 
are extremely interesting. We have out- 
side speakers, short dramatizations, 
and novel programs. One particular 
novel meeting was held last Memorial 
Day Sunday. For the regular meeting, 
■we walked out to the cemetary. Pre- 
viously prepared persons gave short 
testimony-like talks about the differ- 
ent church members buried through- 



out the cemetery. At each member's 
grave, we sang one verse of a song, 
had a discussion, and prayed. One of 
the well-known graves visited was that 
of Brother Holsinger. To add variety, 
one time we had a backward meeting. 

Our society is active in the County 
organization. The Berlin Brethren C. 
E. was host for the concert of James 
Robertson, Psalm singer. Last year I 
we presented Homer Rodeheaver. ; 

We put on a program for the Scalp I 
Level Old Folks' Home. Christmas Eve 
some of the members caroled for shut- 
ins. They feel that they brought much j 
joy and Christmas spirit into the 
homes they visited. 

Frequently we have socials or par- 
ties. At Thanksgiving we invited all 
the young people's societies of Berlin 
to our party. It added interest and 
brought us new regular members. 

Last year we had a New Year's Eve 
watch isarty. We ended it impressively 
with a candle-lighting service. 

For our benevolent work we are con- 
tributing the collection (not less than 
$1.00) from each monthly consecration 
meeting. 

We enjoy meeting and correspond- 
ing with the other young people of our 
faith. We have found that the Y. P. 
C. E. is the ideal medium. 

Yours in His Work, 

CATHERINE MUSSER 

Sec. of Berlin Y. P. C. E. 



GREETINGS FROM THE I 

CUMBERLAND VALLEY 1 

The Christian Endeavors of Cum- 
berland Valley met in a district rally 
held in the First Brethren Church in 
Hagerstown, Maryland on December 
3, 1936. The following societies were 
represented: Waynesboro, Pa.; St. 
James and Lydia, Md.; Winchester, 
Va. ; Hagersto-wn, Md.. About 75 mem- 
bers together with their pastors par- 
took of a very fine banquet prepared 
by the ladies and Endeavors of the 
Hagerstown church. 

A very inspiring message was given 
by Rev. Robert Crees, our National 
President, who took as his subject, 
"Our Goals for This Year." Rev. Crees 
certainly won himself a place in the 
hearts of the young people of the Cum- 
berland Valley by his pleasing person- 
ality and his zealous spirit for the 
work he is doing for the youth of our 
church and his New Kensington church. 

The lantern slides of the projects 
of C. E. were presented and discussed 
by Rev. Crees. 

Special music was furnished by the 
girls trio of the Hagerstown church. 

The challenge to follow Christ more 
closely was stressed and it is the wish 
of our youth who constitute "the voic- 
es from Cumberland Valley" to live 
more closely to Christ that we may be 
truly Christian Endeavors. 

I am yours in His Servi C.-E. 

A. H. WILLIAMS, 

President Senior Society, 
Hagersto-wn, Maryland. 



Januanj 23, 1937 



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FINANCIAL REPORT 

(Continued from, page 15) 

.Ml. i Mis. Geo. B. Bosi- 15.00 

Glen Kose 10.00 

Mrs. Margaret Hose (Gen) (Ch. Er) 5.00 

Miss Verna liose 5.00 

Jlisses MaiT & Mildred \Vliite 8.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 27.00 

Total 2110.00 

1st Bretliren Cliurch, 
Elkhart, Indiana. 

Congregation 100.00 

Kev. & ilrs. Ray Ivlingensmith 5.00 

Miss Nellie Kilian 10. 00 

Circle No. 1. Loyal Womens S. S. Class 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 20.25 

Total 140.25 

Dutchtown Brethren Church, 
Warsaw, Indiana, 

Congregation 17.00 

Total 17,00 

Calvai-y Brethren Church. 
Pittstown, N. J. 

Mr. & Mrs, S, F, Weber 5.00 

Gifts less thar ,,5.00 5,00 

Total 10.00 

Brethren Mission, 
Baltimore, Md. 

Kev. Norman Uphouse 5.00 

Gifts less than .?5.00 20.00 

Total 05(|n 

1st Brethren Church, 
Denver, Indiana, 

W, M. S 5.00 

Jliscellaneous 11. 75 

Total 111.75 

Brethren Mission, 
Tracy. Calif, 

Mr, & Mrs. ,T. B. Coyliendall 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Lehman 5 00 

Mrs. Alice Wampler 5,00 

Gifts less than $5.00 4,05 

Total 10.05 

1st Brethren Church, 
Burlington, Indiana. 

Key. & Mrs. C. Y. Gilmer 10,00 

Telia Rinehart 5.00 

Miscellaneous 30. 00 

Total 45.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Ashland, Ohio, 

Mr. & Mrs, Andrew :Miller 5.00 

E. E. Haun 6.00 

Mrs. E, L. Kilhefner 20.00 

Mrs, Cynthia Blotter 10,00 

Lyda Wertman G,00 

Mrs. H. H, Lehman 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Jos. Rairigh 10,00 

Ama Worst 5.00 

Kev. & Mrs, Willis Eonk 10.00 

Mr, & airs. Herman Hoyt 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. T. Black 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. A. Beeghly 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Prank Zercher 5.00 

Dr, & Mrs, C. L. Anspach 10.00 

Esther Abrams 5.00 

A. L. DeLozier 5.00 

Lawrence Ridenour 5.00 

Florence Vincent 5.00 

Miscellaneous 2G,G0 

Ashland Senior C. E 5,00 

Mr. & Mrs. Curtis Morrill (C) (B) 10,00 

Total 182,00 

1st Brethren Churcli, 
Milford, Indiana. 

Mr. & Mrs.' Perry Hoover 5.00 

Sunday School 13.80 

Gifts less than $5,00 2,00 

Total 20.80 

1st Brethren Church. 
Clayton. Ohio. 

Mrs. E, E. Zeizert 5.00 

Beryl -raiiting 5^00 

Edwin Cashman 5,00 

Mrs. Wm. Siefer 5.00 

Mrs. Kuth Waymire 5.00 

Key. & Mrs. A, D. Cashman 10.00 

Miscellaneous 41, 73 

Total 7G.73 

1st Brethren Church, 
Maurertown, Va, 

Rev, E. L, Miller 10.00 

Mrs. Mary Beydler 10,00 

J. Homer Copp 5.00 

Mrs. J. Homer Copp 5.00 

Emma K. Boyer 5.00 



Mrs. Daisy C. Boyer 5.00 

Lloyd Hepner 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. W. Robinson 5.00 

Dave Kickard 5.00 

Turah Locke 25. 00 

iliscellaneous 8. 14 

Total 88.14 

1st Brethren Church. 
Carelton. Nebr. 

F. B 4.75 

Church Offering 5.98 

Total 10.73 

1st Brethren Church. 
Pleasant Hill. Ohio. 

Congregation 50. 87 

Summit Mills Brethren Church. 
Meyersdale. Pa. 

Mr. & Mrs. Mahlon W. Warner 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. I. H Fike (El 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Klolz 5.00 

F. J. Fike 5.00 

.Mrs. Lizzie Kishel 10.00 

H. C. Hosteller & Family 10.00 

Miscellaneous 21.00 

Total 80.00 

College Corner Brethren Church, 
Wabash, Ind, 

Congregation 10, 10 

Is' Brethren Church, 
Hacerstown, Md, 

Junior Dept. of S. S 22.42 

Willing Workers Class 23.00 

Mrs. 3. K. Punk 5.00 

Loyal Circle Class (Cumberland, Md.) IGen) 9.00 
Mrs. J, P. Spedden (Cumberland, Md.) (Gen) 5,00 
Mrs. Clara Harth (Cumberland, Md.) (Gen) 5.00 

Mrs. H. C. Keplinger (Cumberland, Md.XGen) 10.00 

Mrs. Beulah Lowman 5.00 

Miss Olive Sl.vers 5,00 

.Mrs. C. Frank Myers (Cumberland. Md.) (Genl 5.00 

Theo. W. Mahrney 25.00 

Mrs. N. E. Fahrney (Cumberland. Md.) 5.00 

.Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Barnhisel (Cumberland. Md.) 10,00 

Allen Long (Cumberland, Md. ) 5.00 

,1. P. Spedden 5.00 

C. Frank Myers 5.00 

Miss Ethel Myers 5.00 

Miss Euby Keplinger 5.00 

Miss Mary Bentz (Baltimore) 5.00 

Mrs. Ella Bovey 10.00 

Miss Emma Newcomer 5,00 

Roy Sprecker 5. 00 

H. C. Keplinger (Cumberland, Md) (Gen) .. 10.00 

Mrs. Edna B. Ridenour 10.00 

Mrs. Ira Downey 5.00 

Miscellaneous ((3enl 29.45 

Miscellaneous (Cumberland, Md. ) 15.30 

Mr. J. T. Hereter (Cumberland, Md.) 1,3.00 

Total 207.17 

1st Brethren Church, 
Mexico, Ind, 

Mr. & Mrs, Josiah Maus 5 00 

C, H. Black & Family 5.00 

Elmer Berkheiser & Family 15.00 

E, O. Donaldson 6,00 

W. M. S 5.00 

Mrs. Mabel M. Donaldson (E) 10.00 

Miscellaneous 1G.33 

Total 0L33 

1st Brethren Church, 
Fillmore, Caif, 

Mrs. Bernard Scott 5.00 

J. A. Kreiter 5.00 

Mrs. Christine Bennett 0.00 

Mr, & Mrs, Enos Campbell 5.00 

O. E. Baftord 5.00 

Leo Harrison 10.00 

Kev. Miles Taber 5.00 

Miscellaneous 35. 55 

Total 70.55 

1st Brethren Chur^^h. 
Berlin. Pa. 

Mr. & Mrs, M. O. Barkley 5.00 

Miss Geneva Altfather 0.00 

Ida Kimmel (Baltimore) 5.00 

Minnie Dickey 5.00 

Mrs. Harry Shultz 5,00 

Mr. & Mrs, P, H. Meyers 5,00 

Miss Mary Jane Meyers 5.00 

Mr, & Mrs. J. H. Glessner 5.00 

Rev, & Mrs. N. V. Leatherman 5.00 

Mrs. E, S Kimmel 500 



Mrs. Robert Fritz 5.00 

Mildred Deitz 5.00 

A. B. Cober 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. M, Coher 5,00 

Jlr. & Mrs. Fred W. Brant 25.00 

Miscellaneous 44. 00 

Total 140.00 

1st Brethren Church. 
Dallas Center. Iowa . 

Congregation 23.00 

1st Brethren Church. 
SmithvUle. Ohio. 

Mr. & Mrs. E. L. Steiner 5,00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Berry 5.00 

Mrs. S. Shoemaker 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. O. Dintaman 10.00 

Eev. & Mrs. C. C. Grisso 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs, E. C, Crider 5,00 

Clara Ebert 5,00 

Mr. & Mrs. Christie Grab"r 8 00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Fouch 5.00 

Jlr. & Mrs. H. S. Eutt 50.00, 

Nora Swinehart 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. 3. Amstutz 25.00. 

Mr. & Mrs, Bo.vd Ilostettler 5.00 

Marjorie Dintaman 5,00 

Sunday School Offering 22,00 

Gifts less than $5.00 22.35 

Total 207,35 

1st Brethren Church, 
Lathrop, Calif. 

W, A. Ryhiner 20.00 

Frank Coykendall 10.00 

Eonald Mattes 10.00 

Agnes Elliott 10.00 

Lessie Miniaci 5.00" 

H. W. Wolfe 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. JI. Wolfe 20.00 

Fred Kleist 15.00 

Dave Prey 10.00 

Miscellaneous 12.50 

Total 132,50 

1st Brethren Church, 
Morrill, Kans, 

Moses Royer 5.00 

Miscellaneous 10.83. 

A Friend 2.00 

Total 23,83 

Bethel Brefhren Church, 
Berne, Indiana. 

J. L. Yaney 5.00 

Mrs. T. M. Parr 5 00 

Mrs. Karl Kauffman 5,00 

Mr. Glen M.yers ((Jen) (Ky) 5.00 

Addie E. Sine 20,00 

Bryson Fetters (Gen) (Ky) 10.00 

Iva Fetters 5.00 

E. J. Witters 5.00 

Archie Parr 5.00 

Carroll M. Parr 5.00 

John Kuhn 10.00 

Lillie Kuhn 10.00 

Victor Kuhn 10.00 

Elsie Kuhn 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Christy (Ky) 5,00 

Cecil E. Smitley (Ch. Er.) 5,00 

George Sipe 10.00 

Martha Parr 5 00 

Mr. & Mrs, Gid Rieson 5,00 

E. A. Julillerat 10,00 

Miscellaneous 119,00 

Total 209.00 

Mt. View Brethren Church, 

HoUins, Va, 

Congregation 50,00 

1st Brethren Church, 

Waterloo, Iowa. 

Congregation 119.00 

Tiosa Brethren Church, 

Rochester, Indiana, 

Congregation 15,40 

1st Brethren Church, 

Eoanoke, Ind. 

Mr. & Mrs. W. D. Humke 5.0O 

Church Collection 8.80 

Mrs. Vesta Cobb (Isolated Member) 2.00 

Total 15.80 

2nd Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa. 

Mrs. John E. Griffith 5.00 

Miscellaneous 9.70 

Total 14.70 



ARE YOU PRAYING j 

about the | 

Publication Day Offering? ! 

PRAYER BRINGS RESULTS I 

LET'S ASK THE LORD ABOUT THE MATTER AND THEN GIVE | 

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i When the World Goes Sweeping By— i 




The days come when the years of youth with its high hopes are but a memory; 
the time of middle age with its strength and achievements has come to a close ; then 
come the days when the feet cannot keep up with the race, and "the world goes 
sweeping by." That is the time when the benefits of ANNUITY BONDS OF THE 
MISSIONARY BOARD OF THE BRETHREN CHURCH are most appreciated. 

Their value never decreases regardles of the times. 

The rate of income never decreases. 

The payments are always prompt. 

They remove all woriy over investments. 

They are good as long as life lasts. 

When life is over the principal is used to save the lost. 

Cash or property can be turned into Annuity Bonds. 

Write today for information and literature. 

R Paul Miller, Secretary, 

The Missionary Board of the Brethren Church, 
Berne, Indiana. 



Vol. LIX, No. 5 



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January 30, 1937 



The BRETHREN 

EVANGELIST 



PUBLICATION NUMBER 




WAR AND THE PRINCE OF PEACE 



Courtesy, Congregational Publishing Society 



The world keeps seeking for a way to gain release 
From war and strife and bitterness — I have His 

peace. 
The world groans 'neath its burdens; its eyes are 

dim; 
It cannot find the rest it craves — I rest in Him. 
The world is hunting happiness without alloy, 
But happiness cannot be found. He gives me joy. 

— Selected 



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WORD,^ 




WORLD 



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HAT Others Think 



During the past months of 1936 I 
have heard a number of fine compli- 
ments paid to the accomplishments and 
ministry of our Publication organiza- 
tion. Most of these, as might be ex- 
pected, came from people within the 
Brethren Church. It is only natural that 
we should take pride in our own inter- 
ests and their success. Howevei:, not 
all the applause is from the inside. Our 
publications have attracted the favor- 
able attention of readers on the out- 
side. 

A Baptist editor, well known for his 
loyalty to the Christian Faith and well 
balanced judgment, has pronounced the 
BRETHREN EVANGELIST the best 
denominational paper that comes to his 
desk. 

Another man, connected with large 
and world-famous independent Chris- 
tian school, regards our Sunday School 
material of such high value that he 
asks the privilege of recommending it 
to his constituency. 

A business man, with wide experi- 
ence in the field of printing and ac- 
quainted with our financial problems, 
has spoken warm praise for the effi- 
ciency and progress of our business ad- 
ministration. 

We are thankful for the many kind- 
nesses of 1936, both in word and in 
deed. But most of all we are thankful 
for the sufficiency of God's infinite 
Grace. Our greatest need is for more 
prayer. Pray for the Publication Board; 
for the Secretary and the editor; for 
the other loyal workers; for the minis- 
try of the printed word; and for the 
Publication Day offering which is just 
at hand. 



X HE Forgotten Law 

In a ceremony lasting only two min- 
utes, and with an audience composed 
mainly of newspaper reporters, Ann 
Harding, divorced movie star, was mar- 
ried to her latest husband. According 
to the reporters, she seemed somewhat 
nervous as she made the declaration re- 
quired by English law: 

"There is no legal impediment to my 
marriage to thee, Werner Janssen." 

Perhaps it is true that there is "no 
legal impediment" in man's law, but the 
law of God still stands unchangeable: 
"Whosoever shall marry her that is di- 
vorced comniitteth adultery" (Matt 5: 
32). 



But law means little to the luminar- 
ies of Hollywood whether it be the law 
of man or of God. 



\_yRIME and Divorce 

At a meeting of criminologists re- 
cently held in Kansas City, the "1936 
model" of the typical American criminal 
was described as follows: "A lazy, vain, 
moderately educated city youth, shield- 
ing his laziness and an inferiority com- 
plex behind a false bravado, whose par- 
ents have separated." 

The chief of police from San Fran- 
cisco reported that 98 per cent of his 
cases come from broken homes. 

In the light of those reports, we do 
well to remember that there is no single 
cause in the world that has done so 
much to break down the Christian ideals 
of marriage and destroy the home than 
the stars of Hollywood, by their ex- 
ample both on the stage and in private 
life. 



1 HE New President 

At its most recent meeting, the Amer- 
ican Association for the Advancement 
of Science elected as President Dr. Ed- 
win Grant Conklin, emeritus professor 
in the field of biology at Princeton Uni- 
versity. This bit of news was interest- 
ing to me because several years ago in 
a course of Christian Apologetics I had 
occasion to deal with a book written by 
Dr. Conklin, entitled, "The Direction of 
Human Evolution." 

In this book, after soundly rebuking 
the church for meddling with scientific 
matters. Dr. Conklin with no apparent 
consciousness of inconsistency steps 
boldly into the field of religion and 
proceeds to remake Christianity over 
into the image of his own narrow and 
materialistic science. 

He defines religion as "the worship 
of the true, the beautiful and the good. 
The person who loves these is religious, 
it matters not what his professed creed 
may be" (page 167-8). Thus a person 
might be an atheist, and yet be relig- 
ious. 

But the central dogma of Dr. Conk- 
lin's book is a denial of the supernat- 
ural. "The idea of the supernatural is 
due to a misunderstanding," he writes, 
"Nature is everything that is" (185). 

This appalling declaration will re- 
mind Bible students of Daniel's proph- 
ecy of the coming "Man of Sin," who 
when he appears will deny all gods ex- 
cept a "god of forces." See Daniel 11: 



36-38. This is exactly the religion advo- 
cated by Dr. Conklin who concludes^ 
that Mechanism has been "from all 
eternity" (203-4). 

Of course, the American Association 
for the Advancement of Science does 
not elect its officers on the ground of 
their religious theology. It is interest- 
ing to the layman, however, to know 
the theology of the men thus honored by 
such a powerful organization. 



XjET Us Preach The Mes.sage 

Dr. R. A. Torrey, great Christian 
scholar and soul-winner, was deeply in- 
terested in sending the Word of the 
Cross to all the world. He once said: 

"If the individual believer wishes to 
have fellowship with Jesus Chrisi, he 
must go into all the world and make 
disciples of the nations. He may not be 
able to go in his own person, but in 
that case he can go by his gifts and 
by his prayers. Any Christian who is 
not deeply interested in foreign mis- 
sions is not in fellowship with Jesus 
Christ. Since a church is a company of 
obedient believers, what is tiaie of each 
believer, will also be time of the church, 
with the added power and blessing that 
issues from cooperation." 



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BILLION FOR DEFENSE 

Our peace-loving president has now, for the third 
consecutive year, called upon congress for a billion 
dollar fund for national defense during the fiscal 
year beginning July first. Now a billion dollars is 
some money! Most of us have never stopped to try 
to imagine the immensity of this figure. One billion 
dollars bills placed end to end would reach more than 
thirty-one times across this continent from New 
York to San Francisco. One billion dollar bills piled 
up one upon another would make a stack about sixty- 
five miles high. 

If a man were to put $1,412.00 in the bank every 
day from the time that Christ was bom in Bethle- 
hem to this very hour, he would have a savings ac- 
count without interest of about one billion dollars. 
But this sum is only an annual budget for war ex- 
pense in this nation when we have no war! That's 
where our money goes! 

ONLY LOOSE CHANGE 

If a billion dollars looks big to you, just remember 
that, compared with the United States national debt, 
it is only a little loose change to rattle in the pocket. 
(Of course not your pocket!) The national debt, 
Mr. Roosevelt estimates, will rise to a few millions 
over thirty-five billions by June 30. Thirty-five bil- 
lions! Thirty-five bilhons plus! ! ! 

The editor's head is in a whirl. After figuring out 
the above figures and figuring some more to see 
that the figures were not wrongly figured, we figure 
that the figures are about right even if we are not 
much good at figuring — figuratively speaking. 

THE PRESIDENT EXPLAINS 

It is said that because of the Spanish Civil war 
threatening to plunge war- jittery Europe into an- 
other international conflict, the president ini his bud- 
get message asked congress for the largest peace- 
time military and naval appropriation in history. The 
president explained that he had regretfully placed the 
order for two new capital ships because of the break- 
down of the Washington and London naval treaties. 
He said he had hoped that new capital ships, out- 
lawed since 1922, could have been put off indefinite- 
ly, but with other nations building, there is no re- 
course for the United States but to build. 

THE POOR PRESIDENT 

Don't lambast the president about the war sit- 
uation! He cannot help doing just about what he has 
done. If you were in his place and the war problem 
faced you, you could do no better! The fact is that 
the world is in a toboggan slide and going at lighten- 



ing speed. It has gotten out of control. There is no 
one on earth today big enough to solve the war 
problem. We are about where the prophet of God 
2700 years ago said that we w'ould be. "Proclaim ye 
among the heathen, prepare war, wake up the 
mighty men, let all the men of war draw near . . . 
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your prun- 
inghooks into spears : let the weak say, I am strong. 
Assemble yourselves, and come all ye heathen and 
gather yourselves together round about." (Joel 2: 
9-11). 

THE HEATHEN 

Some of us may resent being called heathen by 
the prophet Joel. Some folks may say, "We're civ- 
ilized." That is probpbly a matter of opinion. At any 
rate the Bible calls the nations of the earth outside 
of Israel just plain "heathen" nations. For the na- 
tions, the Word of God declares that there is war 
ahead. We cannot stop it and it is a great question 
if we can delay it — even a few minutes ! 

SEPARATION 

What God reveals about separation for His people 
from the affairs and practices of the world should 
be plainly fixed in the minds of Christians. The 
church is in the world but it should not be a part of 
it. The church is blessed of God as long as separa- 
tion is maintained. The church in the world is like 
the boat in the water. The boat in the water gets 
along well, but water in the boat will wreck things. 
We should never confuse what God says about His 
chui'ch and about the world. There is war ahead for 
the nations of the earth. The Bible tells us this, we 
see it coming, and it would be only folly to deny it. 
But this does not mean that the Christian: should 



IN THIS NUMBER 



Effecting Great Things from God 9 

The Word and the World— Alva J. McClain 2 

Editorials 3, 4 

We Thank You— R. D. Barnard 5 

Our Publishing Interests — E. G. Mason 6 

Personal Soul Winning — Prank Gehman 7 

Expecting Great Things from God 9 

The Virgin Birth — Third in Series — 

F. G. Coleman, Jr 11 

Christian Life Department 12 

The Tie that Binds 16 

Tn the Shadow 16 

C. E. Department 17 

Sunday School Department 18 

News from the Field 19 



The Brethren Evangelist 



participate in war! The resolution, passed at the 
1934 National Conference of the Brethren Church 
quite fully states the relation of the church to the 
world in the time of war. We print tiiis again to 
refresh our minds. 

"We accept, reaffirm and declare: 

1. That we oppose violence toward others in any cause 
whether toward nations or individuals as heing utterly un- 
righteous and wholly inconsistent with the teaching of the 
Word of God! 

2. That while war may seem necessary for the settlement 
of disputes between nations, that we recognize that we have 
no authority from the Word of God to dictate a course of 
action for those who reject Jesus Christ. 

3. That the Christian is not of this present world system, 
(John 15:19) but is a citizen of heaven, (Phil. 3:21) that 
the Christian's warfare is not carnal but spiritual, (I Cor. 
10:3, 4) and that servants of Jesus Christ have no earthly 
kingdom to defend or establish. (John 18:36). 

4. That as servants of Jesus Christ, we assert our love 
for all men and our desire to bring all men to him in faith 
as their only hope of salvation from sin and death that they 
may have peace with God and live peaceably with all men. 

5. That it is our desire to promote peace in any way that 
does not conflict with the teachings of the Word of God 
but will not attempt to persuade men to expect permanent 
world peace through any human plan or organization, but 
only through the glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ, 
the only Prince of Peace. 

6. That Brethren should oppose war as a menace to all 
social, moral and religious advancement; that our parents 
and teachers and ministers should teach the horrors and 
tragedy of war and the sinful waste of large armies and 
navies; and that all should be assiduously done in times of 
peace. 

THE WORLD 

God's Word has said, "Love not the world, neither 
tlie things that are in the world. If any man love the 
world, the love of the father is not in him." The 
church, however, has been so careless in her conduct 
toward the world that it is problematic as to the 
treatment which Christians will receive from the 
war-mad nations when the storm really breaks. 
There is one precious hope which the Bible-loving 
Christian has. We hope that the blessed Lord in 
His tender mercy and marvelous grace may take the 
church to be with Him at home before that awful 
storm breaks. 

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a 
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump 
of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up 
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the 
air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

Wherefore comfort one another with these words" (I Thess. 
4:16-18. 



Editorial Notes and News 

WE LEARN that a regular course in systematic Bible 
doctrine is now being given at the church in Washington, 
D. C. We are glad to know that the interest is fine and the 
attendance very gratifying. 



A MONTH OF TITHING is being carried out at the 
First Church of Dayton. Messages and a program are ar- 
ranged to challenge every member to consider and adopt 
tithing as a minimum standard of giving to the Lord's work. 
We certainly desire to commend this effort. 

FROM THE CHURCH CALENDAR of the Second Church 
in Long Beach we discover some interesting history. The 
church was officially organized January 1, 1928 with a mem- 
bership of 68. Services have been held since 1926. 492 ad- 
ditional names have been added to the roll since the church 
began. 285 have been subtracted making a present member- 
ship of 275. Two new congregations have been organized 
which have taken some of this number, and many have 
moved to other parts of the country. The Sunday School was 
organized with an attendance of 80. On December 20, 1936 
there were 418 present. Literally thousands of lives have 
been touched and blessed through the labors of this congre- 
gation. The church was organized in the first place taking 
a considerable number of persons from the First Church of 
Long Beach. This did not cause the First Church any per- 
manent loss, for the Lord always makes up for those who 
leave when the Lord's will is done in starting new congrega- 
tions. This ought to be a lesson to other churches when they 
are sometimes unwilling to branch out to build more centers 
of testimony of the gospel. 

WE HAVE JUST LEARNED that the Jobsons sailed for 
Africa January 11th on the S. S. West Kebar. Brother A. 
V. Kimmell drove them over to the boat from Philadelphia. 
We are sure that many will remember them in prayer on 
their trip back to Africa where they carry the light of the 
gospel to that dark world. 

FINE REPORTS are coming in regarding the way in 
which the new Christian Endeavor topics are being received 
in various parts of the brotherhood. The work of Brother 
Lindower in preparing these splendid helps should be great- 
ly appreciated. 

A REVIVAL at the Johnstown First Church begins on 
January 24th with Pastor Lynn doing the preaching. A 
service of rededication is scheduled for the opening Sunday 
of the evangelistic campaigTi. Remember these meetings in 
prayer. 

IF YOU CAN benefit by great gatherings near you, do 
so. This is the viewpoint of Brother Leo Polman who is 
planning a Bible conference at his church at the same time 
that the Moody Memorial Conference is being held. Already 
Brother Polman has Dr. Lockyear, Dr. Philpot and Prof. 
Alva J. McClain scheduled to come over from Chicago to 
be with his people. Others will probably be secured later. 

A MEETING at Ellet, Ohio where Brother Gingrich is 
pastor is scheduled to begin January 18 with Brother W. C. 
Benshoff as the evangelist. The news came in too late to 
be announced before. We suggest that they be remembered 
in prayer. 

BEGINNING JANUARY 24th, the First Brethren Church 
of Cleveland will hold its services in a new location. The 
change will take the service to a place within two blocks of 
the new location where the building is soon to be erected 
Visitors who desire to attend the church will find meetings 
at Oxfoid School, just one block north off Noble Road at 
Quilliams Road, Cleveland Heights. Three deacons are soon 
to be ordained at the Cleveland church: F. B. Miller, Carl 
A. Hultgren, and H. M. Cole. The ordination sermon will 
be delivered by Prof. Alva J. McClain. 



January SO, 19 37 




We Thank You! But— 



By R. D. Barnard, President of the Publication Board of the Brethren Church 



We thank you ! — Yes, we 

do, thank you for the very 
R. D. BARNARD wonderful way that you have 
continued to support The 
Brethren Pubhshing Company, and our Brethren 
pubhcations. Both the fine letters of commendation, 
and increased orders for supplies, indicate your sup- 
port. We covet its continuance. 

So, we thank you, but — we hope you will not con- 
sider "school dismissed" as far as future loyalty and 
support is concerned. You can easily understand that, 
since we are definitely a creation and instrument of 
the denomination, your failure to support would 
mean an inevitable crash. 

Just now we need more than your loyal use of our 
publications — we need a "boost," "a tonic," "a stim- 
ulant," yes, let's say it clearly and boldly- — we need 
a large Publication Day Offering. The date set is 
January 31st. Use that date if possible, but please 
use some date, and give to all people an opportunity 
to help us! 



With the general improvement in economic condi- 
tions we have felt duty-bound to increase the payroll 
of the plant by about $1,000.00 per year. This in- 
crease has not been used for the Editor or the Secre- 
tary of Publications much as an increase should be 
given to them. It has been given to the employees of 
the plant and has been long deserved by them. 

There is also the continual repair and replacement 
of machinery in the plant. Always there must be 
the consideration that the circulation of all our pub- 
lications is comparatively small. Because we are in 
the lower brackets of production, the cost of pro- 
duction is very high. 

Then we desire to be of greater service in the 
printing and production of tracts, and circulariza- 
tion material for our churches. Considering all these 
things we desire again to say, "Thank you, But — 
don't leave us now." We need your loyal support in 
a large Publication Day Offering, January 31, 1937. 



The Christian is not searching for truth; he is 
studying the truth he has found. 



A New Brethren Work in San Diego, California 



The Mission Board has recently purchased five 
lots located on the northwest corner of El Cajon 
Boulevard and Georgia Street in San Diego, Calif., 
a city of 150,000 inhabitants. El Cajon Boulevard is 
a transcontinental paved highway eighty feet wide 
that passes through one of the best residential 
districts of this fast growing city. One of our com- 
mittee remarked that he believed the location to be 
the best of any of our Southern California churches. 

I recently received a letter from one of our ^mem- 
bers living in San Diego saying that he would give 
five hundred dollars to the work if we started our 
building program in the near future. 

There seems to be a pressing need for the im- 
mediate starting of this work. If we could get a 



few more letters like the one above mentioned it 
would help in gettinig the program started in the 
near future. 

I am writing this letter so that any of our people 
in the brotherhood who know of members living in 
San Diego, California, will please send me the names 
and addresses of these San Diego Brethren so that 
I can get in touch with them and inform them of our 
intention to build a Brethren church. 

Pastors of our denomination will you please im- 
mediately send me this information and thereby as- 
sist in establishing another Brethren church. Ad- 
dress: Henry H. Wall, 173 Bay Shore Ave., Long 
Beach, California. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 




Our Publishing Interests 



By Prof. E. G. Mason 



I 



G. MASON 



The very existence of 
any organization depends 
upon the maintenance and 
perpetuation of a commun- 
ity of interests. The mem- 
bers of organizations of all 
types and kinds are held together by a common de- 
side to uphold a cause, or an ideal, or to work to- 
gether for a common purpose. When the membei*- 
ship is widely scattered geographically and differs 
widely in vocational interests, the common cause, 
ideal, or purpose in which they are interested must 
be kept before them constantly by some kind of a 
medium of communication and expression designated 
to that end. 

A church as an organization is subject to the 
same general principles that govern the maintenance 
and perpetuation of other organizations. The or- 
dinary medium by means of which infoiTnation is 
conveyed to the membership of organizations is the 
press. An official press organ, such as a news sheet 
or magazine, is a necessity to any organization. A 
church as an organization requires the service of 
the press as a medium for the transmission of its 
church news and the exposition of its doctrines and 
ideals. The Brethren Church, therefore, depends upon 
its own church literature for its existence, mainten- 
ance, and pei-petuation in the same way as other 
churches and organizations depend upon their indi- 
vidual press media. 

The founders of the Brethren Church recognized 
the necessity of providing its own literature and 
provided the necessary equipment. This provision 
still exists, and the Brethren Evangelist and our 
Sunday School literature continue as media for the 
spread of news of Brethren interest; for the exposi- 
tion of its doctrines, and for the means of expres- 
sion for Brethren leaders. 

Organizations with other than Christian objec- 
tives are able to reduce the cost of their publications 
by using a part of their paper space for advertising. 
Moreover, publications with wide circulations offer 
excellent media for advertisers of all kinds at good 
advertising rates. But church publications can not 
consistently accept all kinds of advertising mate- 
rial. Thus the possibilities of reducing publishing 



costs by means of general advertising are restricted 
in religious publications. Again advertisers seek pub- 
lications with wide circulations and since the Breth- 
ren publications have relatively small circulations, 
there is little opportunity to reduce the cost of pub- 
lishing Brethren literature through advertising. Con- 
sequently, the Brethren Church was forced to find 
some other means of reducing the cost of its pubh- 
cations. 

Various means were possible, but as a rule the 
church has depended upon gifts and job work to re- 
duce the cost of publications to its subscribers. Some 
years ago the building in which the Publishing Com- 
pany is now located was purchased as an investment 
and as an endowment. The second and third floors 
of the building consist of four and five-room apart- 
ments from which rental fees supplmented the com- 
pany's income. For many years these rentals to- 
gether with the Publication Day Offerings and job 
work served the company well. But time works great 
changes. From time to time the buildings and apart- 
ments demanded repairs and redecoration. Desirable 
renters withdrew for homes with yard space, and 
with the depression rentals became harder to collect. 
Consequently these changes cut inroads into the 
company's income. Recently the church, by actioni of 
the National Conference, approved the sale of the 
property. 

Now, the income from rentals is cut off and rental 
for office and press space must be paid instead. This 
leaves only the income from job work and Publicat'on 
Day offerings to help reduce the cost of our publica- 
tions. 

Our readers may be wondering why the publica- 
tioni of Brethren literature does not pay for itself. 
The answer is simple. Overhead and production costs, 
including machinery, labor, printing stock, cost of 
editing, mailing, and clerical work remain approxi- 
mately the same regardless of the volume of the 
literature produced and sold. The Brethren Church 
is not large and the demand for Brethren literature 
is therefore limited. If the present output were treb- 
led or quadrupled, the total production costs would 
be greatly reduced. But we must face the facts as we 
find them, not as we would have them be. We are 

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January 30, 1937 



Personal Soul 
Winning 

By Frank Gehman, Pastor, Brethren Church, 
Teegarden, Indiana 



The most serious thing in all the world is our re- 
lationship to God. Next in importance to us should 
be that of the relationship of our fellowmen to God. 
No higher honor could be conferred upon the Chris- 
tian than that of being associated with Jesus Christ 
in bringing lost men and women to a knowledge of 
truth and light. To parry the direct question of God 
Cain might ask if he were his brother's keeper, but 
Ezek. 3:16-21 has forever answered that question 
and silenced those who would dodge their responsi- 
bility. 

Dan. 12:3 recognizes the high position the soul 
winner holds. "And they that are wise shall shine as 
the brightness of the firmament ; and they that turn 
may to righteousness as the stars forever and ever." 
Soul winning is a Christian service that compares 
favorably in position with any other Christian gift. 

Personal winning of souls is perhaps the most suc- 
cessful method. Bishop Hughes says that in a church 
of which he was pastor a revival extending over two 
years resulted in 48 conversions of which 11 were 
men and 37 women. Personal work during the same 
period of time brought in 75 of which 40 were men 
and 35 women. In recounting this Dr. Wm. Evans 
suggests that perhaps here is the solution of how to 
reach the men. 

Personal soul winning emphasizes the individual, 
and it is the individual with whom we deal. Mass 
movements too easily forget the individual. When a 
man is struggling with spiritual problems and facing 
spiritual crises no other problem in all the world is 
quite so serious to him as his own. Right then the 
individual is at the forefront. If we are to capitalize 
upon that moment, we must deal with him as an in- 
dividual. Personal soul winning can do this as no 
other method can ; it gets near to the man. 

Dr. Evans gives this story in his book "Personal 
Soul-Winning" (pg. 14). "Several miles above Mil- 
ton, Pa., when the ice was breaking up, a farmer 
got into one of his boats, purposing to pull it out of 
the river. A floating mass of ice struck it, breaking 
it loose from the bank, and carrying it and him out 
into the current. A neighbor, seeing the danger, 
mounted a horse and with all speed rode down to Mil- 
ton.. The people of the town gathered all the ropes 
they could secure, went out on the bridge, and sus- 
pended a line of dangling ropes from the bridge 
across he river. They could not tell at just what 



point the boat with the farmer would pass under, so 
they put a rope down every two or three feet clear 
across. By and by the farmer was seen, wet and cold, 
standing in the boat half full of water, drifting down 
the rapid current. Wheni he saw the ropes dangling 
within reach, he seized the nearest one, was drawn 
up and saved. Now, one rope might not have an- 
swered the purpose. The pastor hangs the rope of 
salvation from the pulpit, and sinners present do 
not seem to get near it; but if the business men will 
hang out ropes, and you young men and women, 
mothers and wives, hang out ropes, sinners will cer- 
tainly be saved." 

We have a message for the world. Truth is nothing 
if it is not propagated. Every person who has been 
saved by the blessed work of our blessed Lord has a 
truth the world needs to know. This message must 
not die. The vestal virgins kept alight the fires upon 
their altars year after year. As one passed on an- 
other took her place, but always there was someone 
to tend the fire. Ours is a living message. It has lived 
through many generations. It lives now. The teach- 
ers have taught and passed on. The pupils have now 
become the teachers. Living men must speak living 
truth, and they must speak it while they may. "What 
profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the 
pit? Shall the dust praise thee? Shall it declare the 
truth?" Ps. 30:9. Today, the day of life and breath 
is the day for our witness. Death will end it, and men 
need the message that we hold ini our hands. Sinners 
without it shall die. We must be moved by a com- 
passion to reach such men. Listen to the great 
preacher of a generation ago, Henry Ward Beecher, 
"There is not a man living, with any grace in his 
soul, who does not feel a yearning toward another 
that has done wrong, and owns it, and endeavors to 
get over it." Grace sufficient in the soul of any 
Christian will make him a soul winner. Every child 
of God had ought to be at this work, this private and 
personal teaching of the truth. Charles Wesley pro- 
posed this motto for Christians: "At it. All at it. 
Always at it." Our Lord said, "Go ye into all the 
world." We cannot believe that He spoke to only cer- 
tain of His disciples to the exclusion of the rest. Sub- 
sequent events prove that they themselves thought 
He meant for each and every one of them to go and 
to teach. To leave soul winning alone to the evan- 
gelist is a mistake. Someone has suggested that he 



only handles the big net while personal soul winning 
is using the hand lines. Leaving it alone to the pas- 
tor is another mistake for the pastor is called to 
"reading, to exhortation, to teaching." Nothing is 
said anywhere about his responsibility in soul win- 
ning being any greater than that of other Chris- 
tians. Every child of God needs to be light at the 
task. 

"If Jesus called His disciples to be fishers of men, 
who gave us the right to be satisfied with making 
fishing tackle or pointing the way to the fishing 
banks instead of going ourselves to cast out the net 
until it be filled?" (J. Wilbur Chapman). 

The ideal state is represented by that church of 
which the missionary returned from Africa spoke. 
When asked how many natives in his district had 
been brought to the knowledge of Christ as Savior, 
he replied, "Fifty." "And how many of these are 
preachers?" he was next asked. "Fifty," was again 
his answer. Tliat takes us back to the earJy church 
and to Acts 8:4, "They therefore that were scattered 
abroad went about preaching the Word." 

Because we are not trained, or because we are 
timid, or because we are afraid of making a mistake 
forms no suitable excuse. We must work the works 
of God while it is yet day, for the night cometh when 
no man can work. We need not despair because of im- 
perfection in our work. 

"Of all our failures and infirmities of service, the 
most serious is to resist that guiding, gentle, loving 
pressure of the Spirit of God within us to speak 
to somebody. Because that means that God has hon- 
ored us by choosing us as the channel through which 
He will bring the message of Christ to a lost soul," 
(James McConkey). 



^ I 

C; QUIETNESS AND CONFIDENCE $ 

y. In quietness and confidence — ^; 

^. No matter what the test; '1' 

^ When troubles seem to everwhelm, 

^ My soul finds rest. 

|: In quietness and confidence — 

X Tho' sufferings hold sway 

^ Grace for each moment He supplies 

^ To ease the darksome day. 

I In quietness and confidence — 

X Amid life's deep confusion 

^ / pause; and at the throne of grace 

A Find help in siveet seclusion. % 

f X 

.V In quietness and confidence — $ 

I; When joy and rest abound, 4 

i- Still shall I hide in Him, the One X 

^ In whom my strength is found. % 

^ — Mary Catherine Zuck % 



The Brethren Evangelist 

No imperfection of attempt can be so serious as a 
complete failure to make the attempt. God honors 
even the poorest of methods if they are made in the 
right spirit. Dr. H. C. Trumbull writes, "I saw that 
it were better to make a mistake in one's first effort 
at a personal religious conversation, and correct that 
mistake afterwards, than not to make any effort. 
.... There can be no mistake as bad, in working 
for an individual soul for Christ, as the fatal mistake 
of not making an honest endeavor." God will honor 
every sincere effort put forth in the name of His 
Son. 

Souls are in need of our Savior. How little most of 
them realize their danger without Him. They need 
to be told about Him. A returned missionary was 
asked by a friend why he had gone to these strange 
people and if they had asked him to come. To which 
he answered they had not, but that when attending 
college and going to his room one night he had seen 
a bright light in a house. The wind has blown a cur- 
tain over the open flame of a gas jet and the curtain 
was in flames. He said because the family had not 
invited him in and because he did not wish to dis- 
turb their peace he passed on to his room. "You did 
no such thing," said his friend. "Certainly I did not," 
said the missionary, "and the people of the strange 
land did not invite me, but I knew their danger with- 
out Christ." 

Quoting again from Dr. H. C. Trumbull: "Wheth- 
er attractive or unattractive, easy or difficult, the 
duty of the individual to press Christ on the indi- 
vidual is imperative of the Christian, and it is the 
supremely hopeful mode of evangelism. . . . Any 
soul that Jesus loves is worth our best work on its 
behalf." We need to be moved by the undying con- 
viction that men without Christ are hopelessly lost. 
Shortly He will be ready to receive His own in the 
great up-winging of the church and tragic will be 
the fate of those who are not prepared for that mo- 
ment with a saving faith in our beloved Savior. The 
key to eternal life for many a soul is literally held in 
the hands of Christians. Must souls cry out against 
us in the day of judgment? 

Soul winning is the greatest work in all the worid, 
and those who are about it are about the largest 
work men can know. In the words of another, "The 
superlative in this old world is the saving of the 
soul" (John, Timothy Stone). When Jesus Christ 
through the Holy Spirit invites Christians to the 
task of winning souls to a knowledge of grace and 
truth. He invites them to have a part in the world's 
greatest business. And He is inviting every follower 
of His to have a part in that work. 

"We are not here to play, to dream, to drift, 
We have hard work to do and loads to lift." 
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the 
Lord, and not unto men" Col. 3:23. 



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January 30, 1937 



Expecting Great Things From God 

By E. M. Riddle, Pastor, Brethren Church, 
Waterloo, Iowa 



Brethren : 

In the goodness of our God we are again assembled 
in district conference to enjoy fellowship, to share 
with each other the problems of our churches and 
district and to worship the Lord together in these 
several sessions. 

We have met here in a church which has been 
maintained for holy worship and the promulgation of 
the gospel for many years. We are also met in a com- 
munity which can well carry with distinction this 
year, "The Garden Spot of the Country." Particular- 
ly is it true this year, having been favored with 
rains for the crops above that of many sections, 
when all about us there has been every indication 
of a great and serious drouth. 

It is not the mind of your moderator in this mes- 
sage or in this conference to take us into controver- 
sial fields. Much to the contrary will be our plan and 
desire. We want this conference in Lanark to be 
outstanding for inspiration; one in which lives will 
be drawn to the Master; one which will direct our 
minds to the greatness of our work, one which will 
throb with the pulsations of the Spirit. We want to 
go down from this mount with a new vision of our 
Lord and His mission to the world. Until we have a 
vision of Him and His love for sinners, until our 
lives are fully yielded to His leadership, we are not 
able to be His workmen. Let therefore this confer- 
ence be a time of waiting before the Lord, that we 
might feel the Spirit's power. May we be in the 
spirit of prayer, while here, that our lives may be 
a veritable benediction to someone. Because of the 
distance between many of our churches, we need so 
greatly this fellowship. Fellowship in prayer, in 
praise, in thanksgiving to our God and our Savior, 
for all that we are and what we hope to be. There- 
fore again, I repeat, "Let us be prayerful." 

It is certainly a matter for meditation and surely 
one of no small moment as we come together that 
we think of how our 'fathers in the faith' struggled 
and endured hardships and paid such a price for the 
privilege of worshipping the true God and Savior of 
men;, as they felt the urge and direction of the holy 
Spirit. I maintain that theirs was a glorious and 
heroic service. Their elements of greatness were in 
their every act, hence God prospered their small pro- 
ceedings from the first, until the message which 
they espoused, as well as we, has been carried to 
many thousands from the four comers of this land 



even into mission countries. Therefore today we can 
as organizations of the great Dunker faith be happy 
that our fundamental message, so true to the ever- 
lasting Word of God that changeth not, is still alive 
and elert to the demands made of it in a day like 
this. 

The demands made upon our church and the faith 
for which we have stood may be many in the next 
few years. We are not an alarmist but certain things 
are coming to pass and we may as well get acquaint- 
ed with a few world wide facts. There is unrest on 
every hand in the far east. Events are occurring 
which must effect the immediate future of all civ- 
ilization. 

India, China, Africa, Japan and Europe are no 
longer unknown and distant countries. We are nearer 
to the Orient today by radio and airplane than New 
York was a hundred years ago. Wliether we want 
to admit it or not the white man's civilization is in 
the balance and the time may not be far away when 
we or our children may be called upon to suffer for 
the faith in such a way as we have never dreamed. 

Beneath the surface a great struggle is going on 
among three cultures. The winner will influence the 
world. Imperialism, Communism, and Christianity 
have come to grips. Believe it or not, the facts are 
that Communism has a far-reaching program. Im- 
perialism has had a new birth in Japan because of 
the military control of the government and her rath- 
er recent successful warfares. It is a carry-over from 
an old age and therefore will flounder under its own 
weight. But Communism is so comprehensive in its 
scope and so appealing to many, especially the under- 
privileged, that it is making important inroads on 
the cultures of India, China, Japan, Russia, and our 
own fair country. 

Communism has become a religion and aims to 
overthrow other religions. Its whole system from 
kindergarten to university is anti-religious. She 
exercises the most drastic autocratic powers known 
in centuries. In lieu of a few facts like these, what 
can the attitude of our church and other churches 
of Christendom do? Is it not a grave and serious 
challenge ? 

This picture in the face of the facts that the 
Protestant church of America everywhere is branded 
with the label that she has lost her dynamic of a 
century ago. Has our Christian faith become an 
opiate for the people? Is capitalism controlling the 



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The Brethren Evcmgelist 



church ? Have we lost our zeal to take the Christ to 
the lost and suffering? Let me remind you, Com- 
munism would advance by force, war, and hatred; 
Christianity by persuasion, understanding and love. 
Communism must fail. Christianity must win. 

My conclusion to this disturbing paragraph is this : 
Every nominal Christian and every congregational 
unit is responsible for the honor of Christ. Factions 
in our congregations, party-spirit within church 
boards or councils, caste-spirit and racial spirit 
among Christian members (as found in some 
churches) notorious evil living, indifference to pub- 
lic worship, and all selfish dealings of Christians — 
these are hinderances to the winsomeness and at- 
tractiveness of the religion of Jesus Christ. Chris- 
tianity must be attractive and powerful. Every 
Christian man, woman, and child has the honor of 
the crucified Lord in his or her hands and is respon- 
sible for those about him. 

Our Missionary Program 

To our people who attend conferences and espe- 
cially those who read the missionary publications, I 
scarcely need but mention the missionary interest 
of our church. Surely our present missionary status 
is very encouraging. Our returned missionaries pre- 
sent many encouraging features in their work. Both 
Africa and South America have problems but such 
will always be so as they labor in these parts for 
the Lord. There is ever before us the strife and 
struggle between the Spirit of God and the spirit 
of the evil one. The very fact that in both these coun- 
tries the natives have been trained and converted 
and called of the Spirit to preach the unsearchable 
riches with genuine results is to me the great at- 
tainment in our missionary efforts. The amount of 
our giving during the past year is next to the best 
gift during the height of prosperous living. 

Then from the standpoint of home missions, since 
we ever will so distinguish our missionary program, 
there has been a very fine response. Mistakes have 
been made and perhaps still will be made. It oc- 
curs in many places ini Christian work as well as in 
other types of activity. But do we not rejoice in the 
fact that new churches have been added yearly for 
ceveral years, such as Cleveland, Covington, Comp- 
ton, Baltimore, New Kensington, and Glendale, Calif. 
This report from the Evangelist of what these mis- 
sionary churches are doing indicates interest and 
growth. There are 1387 members in these points. 
294 were additions during the year. The average 
church attendance in these places is 852 per Sunday. 
There are 378 attending prayer meetings. There is 
a Sunday School attendance of 1147. During the 
year thece mission points raised $5,001 for pastor's 
salaries, $7,376.45 for current expenses; $7,057.57 
for building funds; and $3,724.94 for home and for- 
eign missions, making a total of $23,160.23 from 



these points. In other words, our mission points 
raised $8,102.21 more than the denomination in- 
vested in them last year. Surely we must say from a 
financial viewpoint it pays. From the viewpoint of 
souls reclaimed and saved it pays, for "What shall 
it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose 
his own soul?" 

As a district, we are woefully lame at this point. 
No district mission work is being done. The small 
amount of $356.39 was given last year for home mis- 
sions from our district which was a decrease of 
$156.25 from the year before. 

Our outstanding need is a field opened within the 
district. Marshalltown was brought to our attention 
last year and some discussion followed. Pastor Gray 
of Garwin is enthused about the outlook. I recom- 
mend in this message that our board again study 
with Brother Gray this field and make it possible for 
a survey to be made if that has not already been 
done and a very definite report be presented to the 
Home Mission Board. We have personally the prom- 
ise of help in this district at such a time as we deem 
it necessary in opening a new church. 

Our Need For Solemn, Consecrated Teaching 

Since I have just talked of missionary endeavor, 
it logically follows that I speak first about the way 
of giving. It goes without question that in most ev- 
ery community some good servant of the Lord is 
obliged to go in quest of money to keep the kingdom 
work going or to support his own home and family. 
The reason for it is evident — people have not been 

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GOD CARES! DO WE? 

Forget not that your first and principal business 
as a disciple of Christ is to give the Gospel to those 
who have it not. He who is not a missionary Chris- 
tian will be a missing Christian when the great day 
comes of bestowing the rewards of service. There- 
fore ask yourselves daily what the Lord would have 
you do in connection with the work of carrying the 
news of salvation to the perishing millions. Search 
carefully whether he would have you go yourself 
to the heathen, if you have the youth and fitness 
required for the work. Or, if you canot go in person, 
inquire diligently what blood mortgage there is upon 
your property in the interest of Foreign Missions, 
how much you owe to the heathen because of what 
you owe to Christ for redeeming you with His pre- 
cious blood. I warn you that it will go hard with 
you when your Lord comes to reckon with you, if 
He finds your wealth hoarded up in needless ac- 
cumulations instead of being sacredly devoted to 
giving the Gospel to the lost. — Dr. A. J. Gordon. 



January 30, 1937 



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THE VIRGIN BIRTH --Its Proofs 



By Frank G. Coleman, Jr., Pastor, Brethren Church, 
Allentown, Pa. 

(Third and Last of a Series) 



To many people the popular scientific argument 
against the virgin birth of Christ is devastating and 
overwhelming. To me it is rubbish. It is said that is 
impossible. What is impossible ? That a child should 
be bom of a woman without a human father. Of 
course it is impossible that a human should be bom 
without a father, though even that impossibility is 
blending into possibility with the discovery that the 
unfertilized egg of the sea-urchin may be made by 
chemical treatment to produce thrifty young. But 
this Jesus was one whose birth was a creative act of 
God, breaking through the chain of human genera- 
tion to embody in a human tabernacle the ineffable 
Son of God. 

If He had been born of Mary and Joseph, we could 
say that He was just a man. He could be nothing 
else, if He was bom of Mary and Joseph. But 
when He was born the population of the world was 
not increased. But God, Who has always been, was 
made manifest in the flesh. Just what evidence has 
science of how God is born into the world? All we 
know is how men and women are born. What evi- 
dence does science have of how God, the infinite, and 
the eternal, shall be incarnate in human life? The 
Christmas nativity is unique. It happened only once. 
No one but Christ ever claimed authoritatively to be 
God. 

Bertrand Russel is one of the greatest physicists, 
one of the greatest scientists, and certainly one of 
the popular philosophizing pagans of the day; and 
he has pointed out that absolutely valid laws, laws 
upon which you may ordinarily rely, may not al- 
ways guarantee results because factors that you 
don't know about enter in. Suppose that the factor 
is the divine purpose of God to enter redemptively 
into human life. What then will be done ? Will it not 
be what Huxley said once when Bishop Gore drew 
from him the confession, "If I believed ini the sin- 
lessness of Christ as you do, then I would expect a 
physical miracle to parallel that moral miracle." Of 
course! There is before us a unique, extraordinary 
moral being. He is incomparable. No Moslem sings, 
"Mohammed, lover of my soul." No Jew cries out to 
Moses, "I need thee every hour." Given a unique 
being and you need not be surprised to find a unique 
beginning and a unique ending. 



The two great foci of the eclipse of the faith once 
for all delivered are these — born of a virgin, and 
risen from the dead ! 

His title, the Son of God, is a declaration of His 
divine birth, which could not be more definite. A title 
used by His enemies as well as His followers. It is 
impossible for Christ to be the Son of God in any 
real sense, such as He claimed for Himself, unless He 
was born of the virgin Mary. Sir Robert Anderson 
has said, "That the child of a woman was the Son 
of God is a great mystery ; that the child of Joseph 
the carpenter was the Son of God is sheer nonsense. 
No free and fearless thinker, therefore, rejects be- 
lief in the virgin birth, and yet maintains belief in 
tjie Deity of Christ." 

The virgin birth of Christ is further established 
wheui we consider that human fatherhood was un- 
necessary to clothe the eternal Son with humanity. 
"To Abraham and his seed were the promises made, 
He saith not, and to seeds, as of many, but as of 
one, and to thy seed, which is Christ." (Gal. 3:16-. 
The covenant of promise was not "spoken" to Abra- 
ham alone, but to "Abraham and his seed;" to the 
latter especially; and this means Christ. We must 
remember that the Spirit did not functioni in the 
place of a human father, but rather in conjunction 
with a human mother. As Father, God reveals Him- 
self in terms of human fatherhood; as Son in terms 
of human sonship ; as Spirit in terms of human moth- 
erhood. Man grasps spiritual truth when it is ex- 
pressed in human terms. In Gen. 1 :2 the Spirit moves 
or broods as a mother bird, prophetic of the em- 
bodiment of life to follow. God's Word went forth 
in creation and the Spirit wrough in embodiment. 
A child of God is born of the Spirit, and the Holy 
Spirit is the child's Comforter. These are maternal 
functions. The word "seed" in Gal. 3:16 is a trans- 
lation of the word "sperma." The seed, the "sperm," 
is the unembodied life. It is the function of the moth- 
er to embody this seed. In Gal. 3:16 the "seed" is 
the Eternal Word. The Word being eternally pre- 
existent, no act of fatherhood was required or called 
for when the Word became flesh ; and so the divine 
through the Holy Spirit and the human through 

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CHRISTIAN LIFE DEPARTMENT 

"Christ in you the Hope of Glory" Col. 1:27 



WHY READ THE BIBLE? 

By Franklin G. Ruling, M.A. 

A lad of seven years took the Bible 
one day from the library table in his 
home, and asked, "Is this God's Book, 
Mother?" "Certainly it is," was her 
reply. "Well," continued the lad, "don't 
you think we might as well send it 
back to God ? We don't use it here, do 
we?" This incident may cause us to 
smile, but it reveals a sad and vital 
lack of reading the Bible. Whatever 
may be one's views of the Bible, there 
are many sound reasons for reading it. 
We need to read it because it is 

The Book of Life 

"Man. shall not live by read alone, but 
by every word that proceedeth out of 
the mouth of God." (Matt. 4:4). When 
we try to "live by bread alone," we 
feed the body but starve the soul. A 
short time ago a man died of sarva- 
tion in Olympia, Washington. After 
his death it was dicovered that he had 
$38,000 on deposit in local banks. He 
never referred to his money, even when 
physicians were seeking to check the 
ravages of malnutrition. He let his 
body starve with plenty on hand to 
feed him. Maybe you, my reader, are 
letting your soul starve, although the 
Word of God is at hand to provide you 
with life-giving spiritual food. John 
Quincy Adams, sixth President of the 
United States, said, "For years I have 
read my Bible through once a year. I 
read it every morning, as the very best 
way to begin the day." 

Perhaps you think you haven't time 
to read the Bible every day. A man 
once made this excuse to D. L. Moody. 
He answered, "My friend, if you are 
too busy to read the Bible every day, 
you are busier than Almighty God ever 
intended any human being should be, 
and you had better let some things go, 
and take time to read the Bible." With 
almost every kind of machine goes a 
book of instructions. The Bible is the 
Book that goes with man. Think of it, 
— having sixteen waking hours every 
day to travel the highway of life, and 
no time to read the Guide Book! Then 
how can we expect to follow the right 
road and escape the bypaths and pit- 
falls? No wonder so many "wrecks" 
are strewn along life's highway. Wil- 
liam E. Gladstone, (England's great 
Prime Minister and Christian states- 
man, often came home from Parliament 
very late at night. But no matter how 
late, he arose at 6:30 in the morning, 
and gave the first hour of every day 
to reading the Word of God and to 
prayer. He said, "Talk about the ques- 
tions of the time! There is but one 



question — how to bring the truths of 
God's Word, the Impregnable Rock of 
Holy Scripture, into vital contact with 
the minds and hearts of all classes of 
people." 

If we neglect to read the Bible, we 
are missing the best things in life. 
Earthly things do not satisfy the heart. 
The Bible is the Book of the heart. It 
shows us how we may possess and en- 
joy real life. A worthwhile life, and 
satisfaction in life, are found by read- 
ing and receiving the Word of Life into 
our hearts. "The Words that I speak 
unto you, they are spirit, and they are 
life." (John 6:63). Woodrow Wilson 
said, "I am sorry for the men who do 
not read the Bible every day. I wonder 
why they deprive themselves of the 
strength and of the pleasure." On an- 
other occasion he wrote, "The Bible is 
the Word of Life. I beg that you will 
read it and find this out for yourself 
— read, not only little snatches here and 
there, but long passages that will really 
be the road to the heart of it." And 
he continued, "When you have read the 
Bible you will know that it is the Word 
of God, because you will have found it 
the key to your own heart, your own 
happiness and your own duty." 

The Bible covers the whole range of 
human life. It follows us to the lowest 
depths, and leads us to the highest 
heights. It tells us about real men and 
women, and reveals God in relation to 
human life. Herbert Hoover said, "The 
study of this Book (the Bible), . . . 
is a post-graduate course in the rich- 
est library of human experience." A 
leading educator stated, "I would rath- 
er have my son acquainted with the 
Bible and ignorant of all other litera- 
ture, than to have him acquainted with 
all other literature and ignorant of the 
Bible." 

"There's just one Book for life's glad- 
ness; 

One Book for the toilsome days; 
One Book that can cure life's madness; 

One Book that can voice life's praise. 
There's just one Book!" 

We need to read the Bible because 
it is 

The Book of Light 

"The entrance of Thy Words giveth 
light." (Ps. 119:130). Life is full of 
perplexities. There are so many things 
about which we want light. The Bible 
gives us the light we need. It enlightens 
us as to the origin, purpose, problems, 
and destiny of life. Like the bright sun 
in the heavens, the Bible shines through 
the fog of human speculations, bringing 
light and warmth to all who will re- 
ceive its beneficent rays. "Thy Word 
is ti-uth," (John 17:17), is the testi- 



mony of the Lord Jesus Christ to the 
Bible. Much that is called light is gross 
darkness. "To the Law and to the Testi- 
mony: if they speak not according to 
this Word, it is because there is no 
light in them." (Isa. 8:20). The Bible 
gives us the true light about God, about 
ourselves, about the future of the 
world, and the future life, as well as 
about the problems of sin, suffering, 
and the way of salvation. 

"A glory gilds the sacred page, 
Majestic like the sun: 

It gives a light to every age, 
It gives, but borrows none!' 

We need to read the Bible because 
it is 

The Book of Salvation 

"The Holy Scriptures, which are able 
to make thee wise unto salvation 
through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 
(II Tim. 3:15). The Lord Jesus Christ 
made the way of salvation very simple 
when He said, "Behold, I stand at the 
door, and knock: if any man hear My 
voice, and open the door, I will come 
in." (Rev. 3:20). The very moment we 
open the door of our hearts, and ask 
Him to come in and forgive our sins 
and take control of our life. He will 
come in, and we will be saved. But un- 
til we yield our wills to His loving holy 
will, and receive Him as our personal 
Savior and the Lord of our life, we are 
eternally lost. There is no other way 
of salvation. Read John 14:6 and Acts 
4:12. 
"How can I look on Calvary's Cross, 

And see my Savior there 
With outstretched arms the world to 
save. 

My sins Himself to bear? 
How contemplate, and yet withstand 

Such lost as He has shown. 
Who died to draw the sinner near. 

And claim him for His own?" 

The story is told of a man who had 
never read the Bible. One day he got 
hold of a Bible and began to read it. 
Soon he exclaimed, "O wife, if this 
Book is true, we are lost!" Then he 
read on, and not long afterward shout- 
ed joyfully, "0 wife, if this Book is 
true, we can be saved!" And they 
opened the door of their hearts, and 
received the Lord Jesus Christ, and were 
saved. Will you, my friend, do the 
same thing just now, right whei-e you 
are ? God grant it. You will then be a 
babe in Christ and need to grow in the 
grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus 
Christ. We need to read the Bible be- 
cause it is 

The Book of Spiritual Growth 

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere 
milk of the Word, that ye may grow 
thereby." (I Pet. 2:2). Christians can- 
not grow without food. God's Word is 
the food. And it is a great day when 
"baby" learns to feed himself. Many 
who have been Christians for years 
have never learned to feed themselves 
from Gods Word. How tragic! Listen- 
ing to sermons, attending Bible classes, 
and reading good books and articles, 
cannot take the place of personal feed- 



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ing on the Word of God. We cannot 
thrive unless we get spiritual strength 
every day from God through His Word. 
That is why there are so many spiritual 
dwarfs. A child that does not grow 
brings great sadness to the hearts of 
the parents. God's heart is sad because 
so many of His children do not feed 
on His Word and grow. 

Prayer is not a substitute for read- 
ing the Word of God. When we pray, 
we talk to God. And when we read 
God's Word, He talks to us. Of the 
two, it is more important that God 
speak to us. First read the Word, then 
pray. God's Word will give us desire to 
pray, and matter for praise and for 
petition. What we read in the Bible 
yesterday, or a while ago, will not give 
us the spiritual strength we need to- 
day, any more than the physical food 
we ate yesterday will give us sufficient 
bodily strength for today. We take time 
every day to feed our bodies, which are 
temporal. Dare we fail to take time 
every day to feed our souls, which are 
eternal? Is that good judgment? Why 
not take Job's attitude? He said, "I 
have esteemed the Word of His mouth 
more than my necessary food." (Job. 
23:12). Resolve that you will not take 
time to feed your body unless you will 
also take time to feed your soul. If you 
will do that, you will find time for both. 
Satan hates to have us read the Word 
and does everything he can to block it. 
You be as persistent in taking time 
to read God's Word as Satan is in try- 
ing to hinder you, and God will help 
you. Have a regular time each day, and 
hold sacred your appointment with God. 
The morning is the best time. Ask God 
to make you hungry for His Word. 
"For He satisfieth the longing soul, and 
filleth the hungry soul with goodness." 
(Ps. 107:9). The more you read God's 
Word the more you will come to love 
it. And you will find it not only food, 
but rich desert! You will come to say 
with David, "How sweet are Thy words 
unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey 
to my mouth!" (Ps. 119:103). As we 
pursue our pilgrim journey, we need to 
read the Bible because it is 

The Book of Comfort and Hope 

"Whatsoever things were written 
aforetime were written for our learn- 
ing, that we through patience and com- 
fort of the Scriptures might have 
hope." (Romans 15:4). Although the 
world outlook may be dark, friends may 
fail, and earthly things in which we 
trusted may crash around us, yet, if 
we ourselves are right with God, all 
will be well with us. And as we read 
the Word of God, rejoice in His loving, 
all-wise will, and trust Him, we will 
learn patience and receive comfort. We 
will also have a true and inspiring 
hope — "Looking for the blessed hope, 
and the glorious appearing of the great 
God and our Savior Jesus Christ." (Tit. 
2:13). 

How to Enjoy the Bible 

"Thy Words were found, and I did 
eat them; and Thy Word was unto me 



the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for 
I am called by Thy Name, O Lord God 
of Hosts." (Jer. 15:16). Many people 
do not even read the Bible. Some read 
it, but do not study the Bible. If we 
let the Bible go through our minds like 
water through a sieve, it will not do 
us much good. We need to study God's 
Word carefully. (Read II Tim. 2:15). 
And it is possible to both read and 
study the Bible, and yet not "eat" the 
Word of God. To "eat" the Word means 
to meditate upon it (chew it); to pon- 
der its message to our own heart (di- 
gest it); and to apply it to our own 
life (live it). Do you know what it is 
to "eat" the Word of God ? God grant 
that you may. It will then be "the joy 
and rejoicing of your heart. Read the 
Bible book by book. Wliile each book 
has a distinct message, they form a 
marvelous unity. Avoid the 'grasshop- 
per" method of skipping about here 
and there. In each chapter of the book 
you are reading, find, and write down 
in a note book three things: 1st, the 
main subject; 2nd, the best lesson for 
your own heart; and 3rd, the best verse 
if you could have but one. Memorize 
this verse. 

Read the Bible through again and 
again. 

"WHEN I READ THE BIBLE 
THROUGH" 
By Amos R. Wells 
I supposed I knew my Bible, 

Reading piecemeal, hit or miss. 
Now a bit of John or Matthew, 

Now a snatch of Genesis; 
Certain chapters of Isaiah, 

Certain Psalms (the twenty-third). 
Twelfth of Romans, first of Proverbs, 

Yes, I thought I knew the Word. 
But I found a thorough reading 

Was a different thing to do, 
And the way was unfamiliar 

When I read the Bible through. 
You who like to play at Bible, 

Dip and dabble here and there. 
Just before you kneel a-weary 

And yawn out a hurried prayer; 
You who treat the Crown of Writings 

As you treat no other book — 
Just a paragraph disjointed. 

Just a crude, impatient look — 
Try a worthier procedure. 

Try a broad and steady view — 
You will kneel in very rapture 

When you read your Bible through! 

If you have gone through the Bi- 
ble, read it again, and let it go through 
you. 

"Read it with diligence and care; 
Search it, and God will meet you there." 

And don't forget — 

"There's a Man in it!" 

Two little sisters were trying to pui 
together a cardboard puzzle map of the 
United States. It was cut up into odd 
shapes. They were getting discouraged. 
Suddenly the older sister turned a 
piece over and saw on it part of a 
man's nose. On the back of another 
piece she was a part of a man's ear. 



"There's a man in it!" she exclaimed. 
They knew what a man's face looked 
like, and soon put the pieces together 
correctly. Then their father turned the 
whole thing over for them and there 
was the map of the United States. The 
Bible is a puzzle to many because they 
do not realize that "There's a Man in 
it," even the Lord Jesus Christ. He 
said the whole Bible was about Him- 
self. "And beginning at Moses and all 
the prophets. He expounded unto them 
in all the Scriptures the things con- 
cerning Himself." (Luke 24:27). To 
understand the Bible, we need to know 
the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior and 
our Lord, and look for Him everywhere 
in His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to 
take the things of Christ and show them 
unto you. May our desire be: 
"More about Jesus in His Word, 
Holding communion with my Lord; 
Hearing His voice in every line. 
Making each faithful saying mine." 
D. L. Moody vwote on the fly-leaf of 
his Bible these words: "This Book will 
keep me from sin, and sin will keep 
me from this Book." That is a true 
statement. The habit of reading God's 
Word daily, will do more for the sta- 
bility, purity, peace, joy and fraitful- 
ness of the life of a Christian, than any 
other one thing. And many unsaved 
ones have been led to accept Christ by 
reading His Word. My friend, is He 
your personal Savior and the Lord of 
your life ? If so, can you say, 
"Holy Bible, Book Divine, 
Precious treasure, thou art mine?" 
The Bible becomes ours, not by mere- 
ly owning a copy, but by storing it in 
our mind and heart. Read it now, while 
you can. What a tragedy to grow old 
without Christ, or, if saved, to know 
only meagerly the treasures of God's 
Word. "Let the Word of Christ dwell in 
you richly." (Col. 3:16). Wlien this 
heavenly treasure, the Bible, is really 
ours, we will value the Words of God 
as did David, when he said, "More to 
be desired are they than gold, yea, than 
much fine gold." (Ps. 19:10). Gold 
cannot buy happiness, but God gives 
us abiding happiness through His Word. 
— May be secured from author in 
tract form, Buena Park, Calif. 



THE VIRGIN BIRTH 

(Continued from page 11) 

Mary combine in motherhood to em- 
body the eternal "Seed." He was the 
eternal Son, clothed with flesh, "made 
flesh." Born of the Holy Spirit! Born 
of Mary! He became the Son of Man, 
but as the preincarnate "Seed" he was 
the Son of God before time began. In 
the eternity before His embodiment, the 
eternal "Seed" was then God's Son and 
was then revealed as such: "Unto the 
Son he saith, thy throne, God, is 
forever and ever" (Heb. 1 :S with Ps. 
45:6). The eternal Son was the "eternal 
life," the eternal seed, and as such no 
act of human fatherhood was required. 



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But His sinlessness is the irrefutable 
witness that Christ was not begotten 
by a human father and that He could 
have been begotten only by the living 
and holy God. 

It would satisfy critics to take the 
miracle of the virgin birth out of the 
New Testament. But what shall be done 
with the one supreme miracle of all, the 
sinlessnes of Jesus, inexplicable save in 
the light of that birth? Enemies have 
searched His life with flaming torches, 
but none of them has come back vrith 
the report that he could find one single 
spot upon His flawless character. Skep- 
tics have wi'itten volumes to explain 
away His miracles, but they have never 
attempted to explain away His life. 
For two thousand years Jesus has lived 
under the searchlight of investigation, 
and the closest examination of His life 
has revealed no self-seeking, covetous- 
ness, pride or evil ambition. 

Jesus measured the moral strength 
He possessed against the severest tests. 
He was tested in all points like as we 
are," and He lays down the challenge: 
"Which of you convinceth me of sin?" 
No man has ever been able to take up 
the gauntlet. 

There is a proverb: "Familiarity 
breeds contempt." Intimacy reveals our 
weaknesses. The very ones who knew 
Jesus most intimately were the ones 
who trusted Him the most, and were 
strongest in their assurance of His ab- 
solute sinlessness. The entire company 
of disciples who lived with Him day 
and night for three and a half years, 
seeing Him upon all occasions, in times 
of flattery when an ordinary man might 



have been betrayed by pride to do some 
foolish thing; at times when the multi- 
tude turned their back upon Him, when 
weakness of character would have be- 
trayed itself in discouragement; at the 
time when the rulers took counsel to 
kill Him, when disappointed ambition, 
if He had had it, would have filled Him 
with rejection. So constantly did He 
show that serene and God-like stabil- 
ity of character under all conditions, 
that those twelve intimates gradually 
rose from the opinion that Jesus was 
the son of the carpenter, to the con- 
fession which burst from the lips of 
Peter: "Thou art the Christ, the Son 
of the Living God." 

But our friends are sometimes prej- 
udiced in our favor. Can we not get the 
testimony of enemies concerning the 
character of Christ ? Enemies are apt 
to say what they think. Jesus lives in 
the blaze of publicity and was con- 
stantly thrown among hostile critics, 
who regarded Him as dangerous to 
their own interests. The Roman cen- 
turion, who superintended His crucifix- 
ion, spoke for all when he said, "Surely 
this was the Son, of God." 

If there is a moral taint in the human 
race, if in the very blood and consti- 
tution of humanity there is an ineradi- 
cable tendency to sin, then it is beyond 
the bounds of reason to suppose that 
any one born in the race by natural 
generation should escape the taint of 
the race. And that a sinful and deliber- 
ately sinning pair should have given 
life to the purest being that ever lived 
or of whom the human race has ever 
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PENNY GIVING 

Some years ago my family wanted to go on a camp- 
ing trip to the mountains. We were Sunday School work- 
ers and had let the Sunday School become indebted to us 
for a small amount, and just before starting to the moun- 
tains the treasurer paid us all in pennies. 

We found other campers where we were and after 
being there for some days were about out of grub. There 
was one family leaving and my wife went to them and 
asked to buy what supplies they had left. They readily 
consented and a deal was made. When she began to 
count out the pennies the man said, "No we don't use 
pennies." 

"Well don't your children go to Sunday School?" 
"Yes, but they don't take pennies. We don't teach 
them to give their nickels, dimes and quarters for candies, 
gas for pleasure riding, etc., etc., and give the pennies 
to the Lord, no sir ! That," he said, "is what is the matter 
with the church. Everything else is run with silver, but 
the Lord's business with coppers. No, I can't use pennies." 
DAN EARLY, Harrah, Wash. 



giving the sins of others, never knew 
the shame of his own origin or de- 
liberately chose to ignore it, is incom- 
prehensible. 

There are many today who are ques- 
tioning the truths considered here. Is 
it not the sin of refusing to entertain 
an adequate conception of the exceeding 
sinfulness of sin that mjakes men re- 
ject the truth of the virgin birth and 
lead others to do so ? We can set before 
ourselves no richer meditation at the 
close of the holiday season than the 
meaning of Christ's miraculous birth — 
how God planned in past eternity to 
save mankind from sin through One 
Who should be born of a virgin with- 
out the slightest taint of sin. Who was 
even before His birth "that holy thing" 
in the womb of the virgin; and Who 
was brought forth and laid in swaddling 
clothes in the manger at Bethlehem 
whence He carried to the cross a sin- 
less life, there to be accepted by the 
Father as the substitutionary Atoner 
for a race of sinners. It was there on 
Calvary that the sinless Seed of the 
woman bruised the serpent's head. 



OUR PUBLISHING INTERESTS 

(Continued front page 6) 

not able to charge prices for our litera- 
ture, with its present circulation, high 
enough to guarantee a profit. If we did. 
the number of our subscriptions would 
be greatly reduced. To maintain present 
prices, a considerable part of the dif- 
ference between cost and selling price 
must be distributed over the church at 
large by means of voluntary contribu- 
tions. The conclusion is inevitable that, 
if our Brethren publications are to be 
sold without an annual loss, the Publi- 
cation Day offering must be continued. 
The justification for the publication 
of Brethren literature is found in i*s 
service in propagating denominational 
news of general interest, the exposition 
and explanation of historic and accepted 
Brethren doctrines; and service features 
for the use of our various church or- 
panizations. To insure the widest pos- 
sible circulation of Brethren publica- 
tions, the comn-ion interests of the ei- 
tire membership of the church must be 
maintained and emphasized. Lovaltv 
and devotion to the common ideals of 
the church is the key to growth and 
progress. Factional and internal fric- 
tion vdll reduce efficiency in the growth 
and progress of the church and we "'1 
love so devotedly. We must maintain 
our common interests based upon his- 
toric and accepted Brethren beliefs. We 
must stand together, united in interests 
and ideals. The publications must there- 
fore lend themselves to the mainten- 
ance and perpetuity of the comlnon in- 
terests and ideals of our beloved faith. 
Let us maintain this type of publica- 
tions and support them vdth our gifts 
as well as with our use of the product 
in the name of our Lord and Savior, 
Jesus Christ. 



January 30, 1937 

EXPECTING THINGS FROM 
GOD 

(Contimied from page 10) 

taught. The church is no longer es- 
timated by the business world as she 
once was. The solution is in propor- 
tionate giving and instiniction on the 
tithe as a basis of giving. The tithe as 
a maximum will not satisfy many con- 
scientious givers today. Some will ques- 
tion whether tithing is a matter of 
grace. It needs no discussion except to 
say, "It is not thinkable from the stand- 
point of the cross that anyone would 
give less under grace than the Jews 
gave under law. Here is what we want 
to begin with, "upon the first day of 
the week let everyone of you lay by 
him; in store, as God hath prospered 
him, that there be no gathering when 
I come" (I Cor. 16:2). 

I want to confess that some long 
strides have been made in our denom- 
ination the past few years in our giv- 
ing. The W. M. S., the S. M. M., and 
the C. E. Societies have been teach- 
ing. 

By way of example, allow me to 
point out that the spectacular growth 
of the Seventh Day Adventists Church, 
from 1863 to 1919 a growth of 175,000, 
with 100,000 of them residing in this 
country, is due to tithing. Latest avail- 
able figures reveal that they gave 
$48.12 per capita and this includes all 
their people throughout the world. The 
average for three of our larger denom- 
inations is $9.85 per capita. Second in 
this list of successful tithers is the 
United Presbyterian church whose per 
annum gift is $24.00 or two and a half 
times more than the leading denomina- 
tion of Ajnerica does. 

My conclusion is that we shall teach 
and pray that the Brethren Church may 
know the real joy of Christian giving. 

Faith 

In the second place, we need to teach 
the great need of clean living, and a 
rich faith. Worldliness is a great foe 
to the church. Only the strongest reso- 
lutions, fortified with the grace of God 
can enable us to resist the contagious 
example of wicked men in many posi- 
tions and fields today and be able to 
stand firmly in the truth and unsullied 
purity of a genuine Christian character. 
Recall the words of John Duke McFad- 
den — "The church in the world is like 
a ship in the ocean. The ship is safe 
enough so long as the ocean is not in 
the ship. The church is safe enough in 
the world so long as the world is not 
in the church." 

Family Altar 

In the third place, we need to con- 
tinue our teaching and practice of the 
family altar. In these days of complex 
living, it may be even difficult for the 
average family to find a time when all 
will be together for a few minutes of 
family worship. In spite of the fact 
that you may think it a bit old-fash- 



ioned, or excuse yourself on the ground 
that no time suits the entire family, 
the need still remains and the blessing 
unclaimed by you and your family. It is 
a mighty safe-iguard to be placed about 
the hom^ in these evil days. We need a 
few minutes waiting before the Lord, 
either upon retiring at night or early 
in the morning. Here again, the W. M. 
S. and Christian Endeavorers have la- 
bored for years with some good and 
lasting results. Brethren, let us con- 
tinue to teach these things that the 
people may know the worth of the 
family period of worship. 

In the fourth place, we need to teach, 
preach and know that in all our Chris- 
tian work, first, last and all the time, 
our paramount duty and the ultimate 
end of all this endeavor is to win souls 
for the Master. This moment, allow me 
to call the churches of this district to 
the first and greatest task committed 
to the church, that of winning souls. 
It is not my purpose to present any par- 
ticular way or form of evangelism. The 
gospel must be preached. The church is 
to do it. Christ commanded it. I recall 
the fact that a few years ago our be- 
loved and respected brother, the late J. 
Allen Miller told our General Confer- 
ence, in words like these "I charge the 
church of which we are members as 
failing to an alarming degree in this 
particular." He too had been speaking 
of winning souls for the Lord. Members 
of the churches of this district, hear 
me, the biggest thing we can do on 
leaving this conference is to go back 
to our churches and inaugurate some 
plan for the winning of souls. Mass 
evangelism is most difficult in these 
days and has not brought satisfactory 
returns in many places. However the 
whole field of evangelism is open and 
the most successful plan of all, in m,y 
own mind is that of personal work, 
where individuals are won to Christ. 

Too many of our churches are dying 
churches today, because they are not 
winning souls. This is true of many de- 
nominations. In my ovm church there 
has been organized this fall a class in 
evangelism, made , up of young people. 
It is our aim that they shall learn the 
art of vsdnning a soul and at the same 
time have their ov^rn life enriched and 
enthused to that point where they will 
yearn for the moment when they can 
have the joy of helping to lead a soul 



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to the Lord. Every church in this dis- 
trict can have some kind of a spiritual 
awakening this fall and winter. You 
have the money, if you will consecrate 
some of it for this purpose. The church 
has the men to do it, if you will but 
call on them. Get a burden in your 
soul for lost men. They are in every 
community. Know the value of a soul. 
Remember, that God loves a soul more 
than all other creations, therefore let 
us bestir ourselves in their behalf, that 
they may have eternal life and joy, or 
will we be willing to see them cross 
our path and pass on, unwarned and 
untaught to the end — eternal death. 

In the last place, we need much teach- 
ing about moral issues. There is a 
woeful lack at this point in these days. 
Lack of conviction on many issues, lax- 
ity in teaching and living on the part 
of parents and teachers in every walk 
of life, is proving to be the wrong at- 
titude toward life. Too little premium is 
placed upon a chaste, clean ilfe today. 
If ever we needed teaching on the sub- 
ject of chastity it is now. By chastity, 
I mean moral and spiritual purity. 
"What! know ye not that your body is 
the temple of the Holy Ghost, which ye 
have of God, that ye present your bodies 
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto 
God, which is your reasonable service." 
A second phase of the moral issue of to- 
day is the question of drink. I speak of 
it not as a political question but as a 
moral issue, for such it is. Alcohol to- 
day in any form is just what alcohol 
was yesterday, just what it always has 
been — a habit-forming, narcotic poison. 
"Both in its immediate effects and in 
its slower and more chronic manifesta- 
tions, alcohol is the most dangerous 
poison widely included in the human 
diet, effecting nearly every tissue of 
the body but having a particularly toxic 
effect upon the tissues of the central 
nervous system" (From book "Alcohol 
and Man" by Dr. Emerson of Columbia 
University). 

We have a generation of youth to 
teach who never saw an oldtime saloon. 
We have a situation today harder to 
handle and even worse in its influence 
than the oldtime saloon. The presence 
of women and girls in the saloon today 
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we once did; and in the American home 
again, as our ancestors did. 

In the words of a poet, let us think — 
"Carry on, carry on! 
tignt the good light and true; 
believe in your mission, greet life with 

a cheer. 
There's big work to do, and that's why 

were liere. 
Carry on! Carry on! 
jjet the world be better for you; 
And at last when you die, let this be 

your cry: 
Carry on, my soul, carry on! 

f close my mesage witii a quotation 
from that prince of preacheis who has 
inspired many a Christian: 

"If God had willed it, each of us 
mignt nave entered heaven at the mo- 
ment of conversion. It was not abso- 
lutely necessary tor our preparation tor 
immortality that we should tarry here. 

Why then are we here'.' Would God 
keep his children out of paradise a 
single moment longer than was neces- 
sary .' Why are His children still wan- 
denng hither and thither through a 
maze, when a solitary word Irom His 
lips would bring them into the center 
01 their hopes in heaven'.' I'he answer 
is, they are here that they may, 'live 
unto the Lord' and may bring others 
to know His love. 

We remain on earth as sowers to 
scatter good seed; as ploughmen to 
break up the fallow ground; as heralds 
publishing salvation. We are here 'as 
the salt of the earth,' to be a blessing 
to the world. We are here to glorify 
Christ in our daily life. We are here as 
workers for Him. Let us see that our 
life answereth its end. Let us live earn- 
est, useful, holy lives, to 'the praise of 
the glory of His grace." — Spurgeon. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



JIASON-GILBI-UtT— At the bride's home In the pres- 
ence of a lai-iie eroiip of relatives and friends it \Fas 
the MivUege of the undersigned to join in wedlocli 
Mr. Cliaries A. Mason and Miss Beryl Gilbert at 7 
P. M. on the date of December 4. 193(1. The bride 
for many years has been a faitliful member of the 
Washington cliurch. The groom is a member of an- 
other church in Uie city but has been an attendant 
of the Brctliren church for several years. The happy 
couple ■will malie tlieir home in Washington wliere 
both are eiui'loyed. Jluy God's choicest blessings at- 
tend them. 

HOMER A ICENT, Pastor 

SHANK- SETELZER— On the morning of Dec. 24, 
193G at a beautiful home wedding. Miss Ruth Stelzer 
and Mr. Lewis Shank were united in marriage by 
the undersigned. The event was solemnized in the 
presence of the immediate families of the bride and 
groom. 

The bride is a member of the Fair Haven Brethren 
church and her husband is a member of the Betliel 
Evangelical Church. Their many friends wish them 
a long happy life together. 

HILL MACONAGIIY 

■WEIGLE-JOIINSON— At high noon on Thanksgiving 
day, at the home of the bride in Waynesboro, Pa., 
Jacob D. Weigle and Miss Katharine G. Johnson were 
united in marriage. The ring ceremony was used and 
was performed in the presence of a numb.-r of rela- 
tives and close friends. The bride is a member of the 
Waynesboro Brethren Church, while the groom is a 
member of the local Presbyterian. Tliese folks have 
the best wishes of their many friends for a happy mar- 
ried life. They will continue to reside in Waynesboro. 
W. C. BENSHOFF 



became the bride of iir. Edgar Manges of Crawfords- 
ville, Ind. For a number of years Mrs, lluger has 
been active In tlie worit of the church at Koann, 
having served as president of the local W. M. S., 
leucner oi a Suntiay School class, and active in va- 
rious otlier phases of the work here. Beside her 
woriv in tue local congregation, she has for several 
years b^en ihe state president of the W. M. S. Mr. 
Manges is an active member of the Christian Churca 
at Crawl ordsville. Beside farming, he is a dealer in. 
farm imi)lements. After Jan. 15tli they will Jiiove to 
tlieir iioiiK! al Crawfordvdle, Ind. Mr. and Mrs. 
.\lanyi;s Imve tlie best wishes ol their many friends, 
and we ])ray that the Lord may continue to have the 
central place in their lives and in the liome they 
csiaMisli, Services were read by the pastor. 

GEORGE G. PONTHjK 

JO.NKS-JiAWBAKElt— Miss Dorotliy Jones and Gi, nn 
Jliiwbaker were united in holy bonds of matrimony at 
tlie Brethren Manse, Dallas Center, Iowa, Tuesaay, 
Oct. 27, 11)31) at :; P. M. The young couple will make 
tlieir home with his parents this winter. Both are 
membert. of our cliurch. W. R. DEETEIl 

HART-WINELAND— Miss Lela Hart and Mr. Dale 
Wineiand. both of Dallas Center, Iowa, were married 
by tlie undersigned a', the Brethren Manse Saturday 
evening, Nov. 14, lUoii. Tney went to housekeeping m 
a ready prepared home. ilr. Wineland and wife both 
attend our services, he being a member. He is a 
iruck driver for one of our business firms. 

W. R. DEETKlt 



IN THE SHADOW 



IN MEMORY OF REV. BENJAMIN H. FLORA 

Uani,- wlio knew Uie late lte\. Benjamin H. Flora 
well had complimentary things to say of him. and 
regretted his deatti. Few seemed aware of the fact 
tnai lie iiau been ill, so (luietly did he live and un- 
complainingly did he suffer. Therefore his death, caused 
by a complication of diseases in liis old age, carried 
shock to his friends and relatives. 

He lived for a per.od of eighty busy years, which, 
though marking a lengthy life span, does not fully 
compass his spiritual service. He lived reposedly and 
without pretense, always doing his best to be of 
service to othei's, so say tliose who knew him best. 
There was genuine grief because of his death. Eighty 
years liad been full and fruitful. 

Years are but passing shadows along life's journey, 
tlie meeting places, as it were, where the heart and 
the soul and the conscience of man meet and com- 
mune witli ills fellowmen, "or scenes from which we 
catch a vision of the Master's divine bounty when He 
gave to all His invitation, 'Come unto Me. all ye 
that labour and are heavy laden and I will gi\e you 
rest'." 

Those who knew best our departed father might well 
wondei- whetlier this invitation in truth had applica- 
tion to liim, for he seemed never to be weary in. doing 
good 01' in serving those about him. Thus is the love 
of lile increased and our joy of life made complete. 

The morning of life is like unto the sunrise whicli 
we hail with deliglit. But it is the close of life, the 
sunset hour, tliac fills our souls with hope and com- 
fort in tlie assurance that there will be another sun- 
rise after the physical trials of life are ended and tlie 
spirit is transcendent. 

"How similar is life to tlie blooming rose, whose 
most gorgeous timings and delicate odors are found at 
its end beyond the thorns. So with lile, we find its 
rarest blessings only when we overcome its burdens 
and thus gain its abundant reward. The span of our 
father's life is broken, but tlie harvest of its good 
deeds is ever increasing." 

Mrs. B. H. Flora, 

Jerry Ij. Flora and Family, 

Mrs. Arthur E. Price and Family. 

MILLER — Charles Edward, son of Perry A. & 
JIatilda Miller, was born at Waterloo, Iowa, Nov. 
2, ISlJS. and passed away at Dallas Center, Iowa, 
June 4, 1!)3G, aged i!7 years, 7 months, 2 days. He 
was a member of the First Bretlu-en Church for many 
years. He leaves a wife and four married daughters 
and 22 grandchildren, one sister and one brother. 
Funeral services by the writer from his home church. 
W. B. DEETER. Pastor 

WALTERS— George Wesley, pioneer of Dallas Coun- 
ty. Iowa, and member of tiie First Brethren Church at 
Dallas Center since 18SS. passed to the great beyond 
in September, 193G. aged 84 years, 7 months and 15 
days. The funeral services were conducted by the writer, 
at the Panther Creek Church of the Brethren on Sept. 
21, 193G. A large concourse of relatives, old neigh- 
bors and friends gathered to witness this service. His 
wife and two daughters remain. 

W. R. DEETEIl, 

CRAWFORD — .Tosephine Harriet, daughter of Phoebe 
Ann and John W. Malone, was born near Colfax. 
Iowa, Oct. 24, 1871, and departed this life Nov. 21, 
193G, aged G5 years, 1 month. Her spirit took its 
flight from the body while attending senices at the 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Church of the Bretliren near her home. She had been 
a member of the First Brethren Church almost a 
year. She was a devoted woman. Funeral conducted 
by her pastor from the local church. 

W. R. DEETER 

LACKIE. Harriet L., was born in Sheboygan County, 
Wis.. Aug. 2i:, 1855. and departed this life at her 
home in California, Nov. 15, 193G. Her remains were 
shipped to Dallas Center, Iowa, where a short funeral 
.service was held on Nov. 25. 1930, at the Brandt 
Funeral Home, in charge of the ■writer, and burial m 
the Church of the Brefhren ci'inetery, ni-ar ifwn. 



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SHOCKEY— John Hoover Shockey departed to be 
with the Lord November 17, 1931) at the age of 78 
years, 1 month and 15 days. Brother Shockey, When 
but a young man, accepted Christ under the preaching 
of Elder I. D. Bowman, placing his membership with 
the Brethren Chui-ch at St. James. Md. About eight 
years ago he united with the Brethren Church at 
St. James, Md. About eight years ago he united W'th 
the Brethren Church in Waynesboro. Pa. where he con- 
tinued faithful. For some time he was deprived of 
attendance at the services on account of the infirmi- 
ties of age. Brother Shockey leaves to mourn liis de- 
parture a wife, children, grandchildren, brother.s and 
sisters, and a host of friends. Funeral services were 
conducted by the writer assisted by Rev. L. K. Ziegler 
of the Church of the Brethren. 

W. C. BENSHOFF 

LOCKWOOD— Dorothy Annab.'ll. daughter of G.-orsc 
and Dorothy Lockivood, was born at Mount I'leasant, 
Mich, on December 27. 1918. and departed this life 
at her home at Eskridge. Kan.sas on Nov. 5. l!>3fi, 
at the age of 17 years. 11 months and 8 days. 

Her mother died when Dorothy was but two 
hours old, and since that time she had the devoted 
care of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Lock- 
wood, who settled on a farm south of Fort Scott. 
Kans. in 1920. 

Here Dorothy grew to young womanhood. She was 
received into the Brethren Church by baptism by the 
writer on Feb. 7. 1932. She was married to Paul 
Carson Aug. G. 1935. they moved to Eskridge. about 
two months before her death. 

She is survived by her husband, her father and 
two half-sisters and her grandparents on both sides, 
uncles and aunts and a host of sympathizing friends. 
She lived a beautiful Christian life and was loved 
by all who knew lier. Funeral by the writer on 
Sunday, Nov. 8, 193G. A large circle of friends were 
in attendance, many beautiful floral offerings were 

Burial was made in the family lot at Evergreen 
Cemetery. L. G. WOOD 

PARSONS— Emmeline. "Say not goodbye, but in 
some brighter world bid me good morning." Inas- 
much as it has pleased an all- wise Father to 
our dear sister and friend from her earthly labor to ] 
her heavenly home the sister members of the Women's 
Missionary Society of the Brethren Church pay this \ 
tribute to her memory, 

Mrs. Emmeline Parsons was a faitliful member of I 
tlie Brethren Church and the Women's Missionary! 
Society for a good many years and while she was J 
not always able to attend because of ill health 
was always ready and willing to do her share in 
Lord's service and will be greatly missed by her( 
friends and associates. 

Of her the following tributes are truIiifuUy spoken: 
in all her acts she executed justice and wisdom, in 
her daily life her integrity was not questioned, she was 
pure in thought and deed, dignity and loving kindness 
fitted her like a garment and the memory of her 
many virtues will be a sweet benediction, bringing 
comfort to hearts oppressed with grief. 

We mourn the loss of this true friend and loving 
sister and will endeavor to pay an ever living tribute 
to her memory by faitliful living. 

We. the W. M. S. of Beaver City. Nebr., tender 
our heartfelt sympathy to her bereaved ones and pray 
that God's sustaining grace will comfort them. 

Belle Larsen. President, 
MjTtle Little, 
Ruby Beeler. 

MILLER— .Toshua Nimon. son of David P. and Cath- 
erine Miller, was born in Mercer County. Mt.s.souri, on 
Feb. 3, 18G9. HJe departed this life on Aug. 25, 
193(!, at the age of 07 years, G months and 22 days. 
lie came from Slissouri with his parents to Smith 
County. Kansas, on June 2, 1873 and in that county 
and at Portis he has resided ever since. 

On March 1, 1893. he was married to Botilde 
Frydendall and to this union one child was born on 
March 12, 1909. He was converted and jointed the 
Brethren Church fo Portis, being baptized by Rev. 
A. E. Whitted. 

He remained a faithful member of the church until 
God called him. During the last days of his life )ie 
was anointed according to James 5:14-15. and he ex- 
pressed himself ready to do all that God's Word re- 
quired. 

Surviving are his wife who resides at Portis and 
the only dautditer, Mrs. Lova Pierson. of Pueblo, 
Colorado, also a brother. Will, of Ord, Nebraska, and 
another brother. Charley of Athol. Kansas; another 
brotlier. George, died Aug. 10th of this year in 
Oklahoma. 

Funeral services were held on Thursday, Aug. 27th 



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,t ten o'clock at the South Brethren church. The ser- 
lon was by Frank Wagner, a friend of the family 
or many years, and he was assisted hy Rev. Welters 
md Bev. Quails, both of Portis. Rev. Cone being 
bsent at National Conference. Burial was at Crystal 
>lains cemetery at noon where a short service was 
'leld. A large audience of friends gatliered for the 
last service.s to pay respects to the deceased and to 
is family. 

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LEATHERMAN— M. L., was born Januaiy 4, 1S57 
ml (U-imrte4 Uiis life on Nov. 1. 193(3 at the age of 
1) years. 9 months and 27 days. In 1873 lie was 
.nited in marriage to Maria Trissel who preceded 
,im in death eight years ago .Brother Leatherman 
vas the father of Rev. N. V. Leatherman. so well 
jiown in our ehi'rt^h and the following six other 
tving children who were deeply devoted to him: Mrs. 
vlma Mefford, Mrs. J. H. Rankin. R. H. Leather- 
lan, Mrs. E. R. Needham, Mrs. Edward Geist and 
Irs. Ambrose Erbaugh. 

I Brother Leatherman was baptized and became a 
liember of the Brethren Church in 1920. It is with 
tonfidence we await the continued grace of our Loi-d 
h compI*>tlng his redemption at the resurrection of 
he body and the unity of the church triumphant in 
jlory. 



rvice was conducted Id the 

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II. Beachler. A. 



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McDONALD— Gerald Forest i 

is promoted to be with Chrif 

:e of thirty-seven years, tei 

ght days. He was the second of three sons born to 
'rank and Rachel McDonald of near Milford. Ind. 
the age of about fourteen he became a Christian, 
initing with the Milford Brethren Church of which he 
ad since been a member. He graduated from Milford 
[igh School in 1018. On May 12. 1935 he was 
nited in marriage to Mary JIcDonald. For several 
he was a substitute rural mail carrier. He was 
nii-r residing near Milford. and was well known 
nd loved in the community. His death resulted from 
ijuries received four days previousli' by an attack 
an angry bull in his barnyard. There remain to 
I his loss, his Wife, and infant son. Charles 
i'rancis, his father and mother, two brothers. Re*. 
[rant McDonald of Canton, Ohio, and John of Mil- 
ord, four uncles, two aunts, and a host of friends. 

Funeral services were conducted at his parents^ 

>me and at the Milford Brethren Church, Thursday 
fternoon. Dec. 17, with the iindersigned officiating, 
ssisted by Rev. W. I. Duker. his pastor and Rev. G. 
1. Maus, his parents' pastor. 

: It was the privilege of Brother Duker and the wrlt- 
r to have an anointing service for him at the Goshen 
lospital, where he was taken after his injury on 
:iafurday evening before his death. At this time he 
'nd liis wife both vohmtarilj' reconsecrated their lives 
a thi' Lord to follow His will completely upon Ger- 
Id's iri'oveiT- It was a great joy to see a great spirit- 
al burden lifted off his heart after this service and a 
(.yous smile light up his faca It seemed at the time 
liat he would surely recover, but the Jjord willed 
itheiwise and we humbly submit to his will. His 
oved ones are strong in the faith of Christ and yielded 
His will. Pray for them and especially for tins 
oung wife and baby son. May the Ix>rd richly bless 
hem and speedily bring the day when they shall be 
.ble to see the good that the Lord planned for them 
(hrough this. "All things work together for good. 



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j SNYDER— Barbara Gipe was born May 30, 1851. 
She passed out of this life November 25. 193fi, making 
he length of her earthly pUgrlmage 85 years, 5 months 
'ind 5 days. 

I She was married to Harry Sn,vder on May 15. 1372. 
to this union were born two sons, Clyde and John, 
The husband and one son. Clyde, preceded Mrs. 
?nyder in death. The husband died in Mansfield, O., 
n August, IflOr,. and the son. Clyde, died in Tacoma. 
Washington, in 1915. The other son. .John, lives in 
Akron. Ohio. Five years before her death. Grandma 
Snyder, as .she was called by her friends, left Mans- 
field to make her home with her son and his wife 
in Akron, Ohio. One of the outstanding characteristics 
ni Mrs. Snyder was her love for little children— a 
love really unusual. 

I Grandma Snyder was closely connected with the 
,^arly work of the Brethren Church in Mansfield, being 
a charter member, and will be remembered by those 
who knew her because of her faithfulness to the 
church of her choice. 

Funeral sen'ices were conducted from the Mans- 
field Brethren Church by the undersigned. 

J. C. BEAL 

MAY — Stillwell H., at his home on the afternoon 
of December 4, 1936, StiUwell H. :May. aged 54 years, 
depa rted to be with his Lord Whom he loved sin- 
cerely. Brother May was a most earnest Christian and 
had been a member of the First Brethren Church of 
Washington, D. C. about four years where he bore 
a faithful witness. Besides his wife, Frances Blosser, 
he leaves to cherish his memorj' a brother, E. W. 
iMay, and two stepsons, James and Freddie Ph'llips. 
The funeral service was held at a Washington funeral 
home and was In charge of the undersigned with Dr. 
Grove Johnson, former pastor of the deceased, assist- 
ing. The body was laid to rest in Bethel Cemetery. 
Alexandria, Va. , to await a glorious resurrection. 

HOMER A KENT, Pastor 



Christian Endeavor Department 

MISS MILDRED FURRY, News Editor 
626 Somerset St., Johnstown, Pa. 

REV. L. E. LINDOWER, C. E. Topic Editor 
120 N. Bronson St., Warsaw, Ind. 



Topic for February 14 

WHAT WRITERS OF THE OLD 

TESTAMENT SAID ABOUT 

THE WRITINGS OF 

OTHERS 

Luke 1:68-79 

Sub-Topics 

1. The Testimony of the Writers of 
History. Josh. 8:30-31; 14:6-12; 22:1-6; 
Judges 3:4; I Kings 2:1-3; II Chron. 
23:18; Ezra 3:2; Neh. 8:14-16; I Kings 
16:34 (see Josh. 6:26); I Chron. 17:7- 
10; 29:29; II Chron. 16:11; Neh. 12: 
23. 

2. The Testimony of the Writers of 
the Poetical Books. Ps. 78:5-8; 99:6-8; 
106:16-33. 

3. The Testimony of the Prophets. 
Isa. 63:11-12; Jer. 15:1; Dan. 9:11-^13; 
Mai. 4:4; Hos. 13:9-11; Ezek. 14:14, 20. 

Order of Service 

1. Songs, "Standing on the Promises," 
and "Sing Them Over Again to Me." 

2. Scripture reading, Luke 1:68-79. 

3. Song, "O Love that Will not Let 
Me Go." 

4. Sentence Prayers. (That we may 
each one know the will of the Lord for 
our lives and be willing to follow it.) 

5. Leader's Talk. 

6. Talks on Sub-topics. 

7. Special music. 

8. "Search the Scriptures." 

9. Discussion of Hard Points. 

10. Song, "He Leadeth Me." 

11. Benediction. 

"Search the Scriptures" 

(Since this topic brings the writings 
of the Law of God to our attention let 
us learn more about the law), 

1. What is the picture of God's treat- 
ment of His people before the law ? 
iSx. 19:4. 

2. How were men saved before the 
law? Gen. 15:6. 

3. Why did God give the law? Gal. 
3:19; Rom. 3:20. 

4. What purpose does the law serve ? 
Gal. 3:24, 

5. Has anyone ever kept the law per- 
fectly? Rom. 3:10,23. 

6. Can we be saved by the law ? Rom. 
3:19; Gal. 3:22. 

7. How much of the law must we 
break to be guilty? James 2.10. 

8. What about the Lord Jesus Christ ? 
John 8:46a. 

9. What did the Lord Jesus say about 
the law? Matt. 5:17-18, 21-22, 27-28, 
31-39. 

10. Were God's people under the law 
saved because they kept the law? Lev. 

16:30, Deut. 32:48-52. 



HARD POINTS EXPLAINED 
The Law Reveals Sin 

The purpose of the law was not to 
show men the way of salvation, but to 
demonstrate to them their need of a 
Savior. The Israelites said, "all that 
thou commandest, we will do," but they 
had no idea what the demands of a 
holy God would have to be. The law 
reveals sin and thus is our "schoolmas- 
ter" to drive us to the only Savior 
from sin: — Jesus Christ. 
God Saved Men by Grave Under Law 

"And the times of this ignorance God 
winked at." (Acts 17:30). 

Moses was under the covenant of the 
Law and he sinned. Nevertheless God 
spoke of gathering him to his fathers 
in death, although Moses was chastened 
by being kept out of the promised land. 
So it was with everyone under law. 
"All have sinned," therefore God has 
saved men of all ages by grace. No 
one has ever deserved God's righteous- 
ness and rewards in himself. The sac- 
rifices of the Old Testament temporar- 
ily made atonement for men's sins, 
while God was looking ahead to the 
sacrifice of His only begotten Son to 
pay the ransom price and take away 
sins. 

Practical Points 

Don't forget the four Brethren Chris- 
tian Endeavor projects! 

(Topics prepared and copyrighted by 
Christian Publications, Inc.). 



HOW ONE CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

GROUP SPENT NEW YEAR'S EVE 

FT. SCOTT, KANSAS 

The annual Brethren church watch 
party was held last evening and was 
sponsored by the social and devotional 
committees of the young people's Chris- 
tian Endeavor Society. Many interest- 
ing and exciting games were played 
and refreshments were served to about 
45 present. 

The devotional s were held in the aud- 
itorium of the church. The progi'am 
began with the hymn, "I Need Jesus." 
Dwight Bishard, president of the so- 
ciety, gave an inspirational 3-fold talk 
on "Thoughts for the New Year," in 
which he mentioned those for home, 
school and church. The congregation 
then sang "Take Time to be Holy." 
This hymn was followed by an inspir- 
ational talk by the minister on 
"Thoughts for the Church." The Rev. 
L. G. Wood stressed the imjportance of 
putting spiritual things first in life. 
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the Sunday School, gave an enthusiastic 
talk on "Thoughts for the Sunday 
School." She told of the progress she 
thought could be accomplished in 1937. 
Spencer Gentle, the new president of the 
C. E., gave an interesting talk on 
"Thoughts for C. E." He emphasized 
the importance of loyalty to the C. E., 
and the leadership and fellowship ob- 
tained by service. 

In closing Mrs. L. G. Wood had charge 
of the impressive candle lighting serv- 
ice by 12 girls, representing the months 
of the year. As they lighted their can- 
dles they took their places, which 
fonned a cross. The congregation then 
stood and sang "Praise God From 
Whom All Blessings Flow," and gave 
the Lord's prayer. 



A MESSAGE FOR JUNIOR 
WORKERS IN C. E. 

Our president received the following 
letter from the Junior Superintendent 
at Washington, D. C, which we are 
very happy to pass on through this 
column. Junior Superintendents have 
many problems, but the response from 
these young Christian lEndeavorers is 
a real inspiration to all of us. This is 
a most helpful letter and we hope that 
the various Christian Endeavor work- 
ers will continue to share their expe- 
riences for our mutual help. 

Dear Brother Crees: 

Mr. Kent has asked me to write and 
outline the type of meetings I am hold- 
ing for my Juniors. 

Junior C. E. is a new experience for 
me. All of my Christian Endeavor work 
has been in the Senior society. The past 
year has been an experiment. I have 
tried all kinds of meetings and meth- 
ods. 

For several months we used the 
Christian Endeavor World Quarterly 
wliich was very unsatisfactory. Then 
we used various other quarterlies pub- 
lished and they too proved unsatisfac- 
tory. 

I then decided to write my own les- 
sons. This I did for several months us- 
ing the topical method. The first three 
meetings were devoted to "The Bible," 
the next three to "God the Father" and 
the next three to "Jesus Christ the 
Son." But these meetings were not en- 
tirely satisfactory. The Juniors were 
not able to develop their own topics. 
If they read the topics they were not 
interesting to those listening. 

Next I tried another type of meeting. 
The Junior takes complete charge of 
the opening of the service, consisting 
of song service, prayer, scripture and 
special features. He plans this part him- 
self. Next the superintendent or some 
one else has a story, or an object talk, 
or chalk talk, or perhaps conducts a 
general discussion period. Following 
this there are Bible drills, either in 
the foiTn of questions and answers or 
finding of various verses, usually on 
the subject under discussion. It has 



been just wonderful to see how familiar 
the boys and girls are becoming with 
their Bibles. They are also learning to 
pray, practically all of them taking part 
voluntarily in the prayer session. The 
stories and lesson used were gathered 
from various sources depending on the 
general theme for the evening. This 
method has proved very satisfactory so 
far. They also have time for their mem- 
ory work which at the present time is 
learning the books of the Old and New 
Testaments. 

When Rev. Polman was here in Wash- 
ington, he recommended "Hurlburt's 
Life of Christ" as a text book for Jun- 
iors. We have just started a series of 
meetings using this book and plan to 
devote three evenings a month to it. 
The fourth meeting is to be a mission- 
ary meeting. We vary our meetings 
from time to time by having camp-fire 
services, candle-light services and vari- 
ous other special meetings. Some eve- 
nings we devote to Bible story telling 
by the Juniors. They read the story in 
the Bible and tell it in their own words. 

This briefly is an outline of the work 
we have done and are planning for the 
next year. 



As I said before all this is just an 
experiment and I am not ready to say 
whether it is the best method. I am de- 
sirous of obtaining any help along this 
line that is available. I read with inter- 
est the C. E. column in the Evangelist 
and have received a great deal of help 
from it. 

1 realize that my problems are the 
same as practically all other Junior C. 
E. superintendents. Whenever we have 
a meeting of the Junior Superintend- 
ents in the District Union here, they all 
have the same story to tell. 

I trust that this is the information 
you desire. If I can be of any help in 
the future please let me know. 
Sincerely yours, 
MIRIAM P. GILBERT 



A man went to see his physician for 
advice as to how to be cured of the 
habit of snoring. 

"Does your snoring disturb your 
wife?" asked the M. D. 

"Does it disturb my wife?" echoed 
the patient. "Why it disturbs the whole 
congregation." 

(Even sleeping church members are 
better than empty pews). 



V. I. DUKER 

Preitdent 

Goihen, Ind. 

;. L. MILLER 






NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 
ASSOCIATION 

S. M. WHETSTONE 
Editor for January 



V. LEATHERM/l 

General Secretary 
Berlin. Pa. 

M. A. STUCKEY 



THE SUNDAY SCHOOL WORKER 
By S. M. Whetstone, Goshen, Ind. 

Those who accept a position of lead- 
ership in the Sunday School are nat- 
urally expected to accomplish some- 
thing. The Christian life is a growing 
life, and a growing life is a fruitful 
life. Therefore, the Christian worker 
must ever be adding to his knowledge 
— learning how and what to do, that he 
may be fruitful. The day of simply fill- 
ing time is past. It is not a matter of 
being able to take up the time. There 
is a price to pay, a sacrifice to be made, 
a purpose to be had, if we are to ar- 
rive. Ours is a work dealing with hu- 
man souls who may be drifting about 
waiting for some one to bring them to 
a full decision. In a very real sense the 
Sunday School worker occupies the po- 
sition mentioned in lEzekiel 22:30, "I 
.sought for a man among them, that 
should make up the hedge, and stand 
in the gap before me." It is in such a 
gap that we need men and women to 
take their stand now. Too often, in our 
Sunday Schools we do have a gap which 
is not filled, even as God says in the 
latter part of the Ezekiel text, "But I 
found none." This problem of filling 
the gap is not as easy as it may appear 
to be. Many times we have been very 



careless in this matter. In no few of 
our Sunday Schools there are those who 
are not only not filling the gap, but 
are standing in the way of it. 

So important is the matter of filling 
the gap that Peter writes a letter to 
the early church, wherein he sets down 
no few essentials for Christian work- 
ers. Of course, he has in mind fruitful 
workers. There may have been some in 
that early day who thought that be- 
cause someone was "a good fe'low," 
or was "popular with the world," or had 
a good flow of words, that was a sure 
indication he would make a splendid 
worker. If so, Peter did not agree. He 
lays down some old time rules which 
are worthy of our sincere considera- 
tion. He begins with — 

"Faith" 

That is the proper place to begin. The 
meaning of faith may easily be misun- 
derstood; as it must be with some who 
say they have faith and do not regard 
it. The faith Peter is speaking about 
was that saving, as well as working 
faith, which is centered in the Lord Je- 
sus Christ. In a very true sense faith 
means belief or trust accompanied by 
action. The Christian worker must have 
such faith in Christ, as well as in his 
church and in his fellows and in him- 



January SO, 1937 

self. Peter has something to say about — 
"Virtue" 

Certainly, we need to become awake 
along this line too. As leaders in God's 
cause we cannot hope to have fruitful 
lives, and be lacking at this point. He 
next speaks of — 

"Knowledge" 

Unless we be careful we are drifting. 
Our teachers and officers are inclined 
to want such "helps" as will cause them 
the least possible effort. It is a matter 
of great importance that the Sunday 
School worker absolutely know some 
things. This requires thinking together 
with personal experience. The apostle 
now speaks of — 

"Temperance" 

Or as I like to apply it, Self-Control. 
Before we can hope to succeed very far 
in helping others we must learn to con- 
trol ourselves; or perhaps better still, 
learn to submit to our Lord's will. Next 
Peter mentions — 

"Patience" 

And it does take a lot of it! Most 
of us have plenty of trouble at this 
point. Even Peter did. But as he writes 
this letter, he has become sweetened by 
i the experiences of life and is now 
steadfast. In the work of the Sunday 
School, there are so many things to dis- 
courage and so many trying things 
coming up that the Christian worker 
must cultivate this quality. It takes 
time to do things worth while. Next in 
order is — 

"Godliness" 

A Godly man's presence will do more 
than all the laws in our land. A Chris- 
tian cannot be too careful. His godli- 
ness is measured according to God's 
scale of values. Next the apostle speaks 
of— 

"Brotherly Kindness" 

We so often allow things to so oc- 
cupy our time that we do not take 
time to be kind. Christians, as Paul 
says, are all members of one body and 
we need to get along together in per- 
fect harmony. Our Lord was very exact- 
ing about this matter of His people get- 
ting along together, and gave us a new 
commandment, "that ye love one an- 
other, as I have loved you." 

Peter could not make this list com- 
plete of Christian qualities without in- 
cluding "Love." "For if these things 
be in you, and abound, they shall make 
you that you shall neither be barren 
tior unfruitful in the knowledge of our 
Lord Jesus Christ" (II Peter 1:8). 



A little child was tripping light- 
heartedly through a graveyard near 
night fall. Some one asked her if she 
were not afraid. "Oh, no, I am not 
afraid. I only cross it to get home." 

We do not need to fear the valley 
of the shadow of death or the grave, 
because we only pass through on our 
way home to the gloryland. 

— Gratis Calendar 



JUST PRAY 

By Doris Canham 

Don't shut Christ out from your work- 
ing hours. 
Don't wait till the close of day 
Before you give Him a loving thought. 

But talk to Him right away. 
Sing to Him over the daily work. 

And if there are things that weigh 
Like lead on your heart, don't wait un- 
til 
With worry and grief you are nearly 
ill- 
Just pray. 

Tell Him you know that the skies are 
blue. 

And blue is the gleaming bay; 
But you must labor the morning 
through 

At the stove, for it's baking day. 
Tell Him — He knows what it is to work, 

Perhaps on your arm He'll lay 
The hand that wielded chisel and saw 

In Galilee far away. 



19 

He knows that you are just a bundle of 
nerves, 

He knows you were never strong. 
He knows that ends will hardly meet 

With a family large and young; 
That tempers are hard to keep and men 

Are as awkward as can be; 
He knows your eyes are blurred with 
tears 

Until you can scarcely see 
The little cakes on the baking tray. 
Ah, tell Him, He'll take the hurt away; 

Don't cry any more — just pray. 

Tell Him your joys. He likes to know 

How sweetly the babies play, 
That Jim's a loving lad, and Dot 

Grows stronger every day. 
And when your heart is over full 

With all you cannot say. 
For thankfulness, oh offer Him 
The love and joy that over-brim 

Your soul, and pray, just pray. 

— From Woman's Magazine. 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




NORTH ENGLISH RURAL BRETH- 
REN CHURCH OF PLEASANT 
GROVE COMMUNITY 

Thinking that the brotherhood would 
be interested in learning what Pleasant 
Grove has been doing since being pas- 
torless for some time I am endeavor- 
ing to inform you that she has been 
carrying on. We have maintained a Sun- 
day School which has averaged near 
forty on days we hold services. 

This fall Brother Anderson stopped 
in and gave us a message and during 
the invitation his two children made 
their confession of Christ. 

On the evening of Nov. 23rd, Brother 
I. D. Bowman stopped with us in be- 
half of the laymen movement and also 
to help aid pastorless churches. We 
prevailed on him to stay until Sun- 
day morning Nov. 29th. The church was 
well pleased with his messages of deep- 
er consecration to their Lord and cher- 
ished Brother Bowman's acquaintance 
in person, whom we all knew from his 
years of labors in our denomination. 
Plans were laid to organize a laymen 
society and we hope that through it we 
can find a place for greater service to 
our Lord. One young lad acknowledged 
his Master during Brother Bowman's 
services. 

Sunday evening, Nov. 29th Brother 
Wm. A. Gray of Gai-win came to be 
with us for two weeks. He gave us 
good sermons each evening and did a 



good deal of daily visitation which I 
feel did much toward working up a 
greater interest in God's work by his 
people. The first Sunday we were ex- 
pecting a great day to give impetus for 
our last week, but the weather man 
gave us 10 below with a snow storm. 
As the meetings drew to a close Broth- 
er Gray's sermons seemed to permeate 
with his love to his Master and instilled 
in his listeners a greater desire to live 
closer and be of greater service to the 
King. The climax of this desire was 
after his last Sunday's sermon, "What 
It Costs to Be a Christian." Brother 
Gray gave an invitation to Christians 
for a deeper consecration. The mem- 
bers stepped out one by one until the 
church stood as a body in the front. 
Other visible results were 8 confessions, 
4 reconsecrations, 8 applicants for 
church membership (7 of them by bap- 
tism and one letter) 13 received bap- 
tism and ten were received into the 
church besides one to be received soon 
by letter. Comniunion was held on Mon- 
day evening attended by 28 men and 
boys and 18 women and girls. Both 
communion and baptismal seiwices were 
ably conducted by Brother Gray. Besides 
visible results I feel Brother Gray has 
deepened the spirituality of every one 
of the membership. It was a pleasure 
to labor with Brother Gray and with no 
hesitancy I would recommend his serv- 
ices to any church which would care to 
seek his service. 

JOHN R. MYERS 



CLAYTON, OHIO 

Seventeen year's ago last September 
Mrs. Cook and I, after leaving the 
Krypton mission field in Kentuclcy, 
took up the work at Clayton, Ohio 
where we labored for two years. Those 
were happy days. The good people not 
only supplied our material needs, but 
they joined with us in whole hearted 
service, and it resulted in 97 souls be- 
ing added to the chui'ch. 

Now after fifteen years we received 
a call to labor with them and their pas- 
tor Brother Arthur Cashman in an 
evangelistic meeting. This was indeed 
a happy privilege, though we tound 
many new faces, some had moved away, 
others had gone on to glory, yet many 
of those faithful pillars were still 
standing. 

Brother Cashman and I had met on 
several occasions and I knew him to 
be lover of the Word. A few years ago 
in passing through Portis, Kansas, he 
stopped over long enough to bring us 
one of his stirring messages. I was 
glad to know him better and enjoyed 
the fellowship we had together. I am 
sure the church there is awake to the 
fact they have a real man of God. And 
the thing I wish might soon be done is 
that they see their way clear to call 
him to a full time pastorate. 

Brother Cashman had planned some- 
thing special for each night and the 
crowds were good from the beginning. 
We regret that Sister Cashman and 
the son took suddenly sick and were 
hindered from coming and taking a 
part in the latter part of the meeting. 
They were greatly missed. We hope 
they have fully recovered by now. 

I stayed in the home of brother and 
sister Will Shank and took dinners out 
in the homes. All that I can say is 
they did every thing humanly possible 
for my comfort, and I am grateful to 
every one for his part. The pastor 
and I spent most of the time during 
the day in calls and personal work. 
We wish the visible results could have 
been greater, but rejoice over the vic- 
tory won. 

With these new experiences and the 
ties that were already made we will 
long remember these people and their 
jmstor and will hold them before the 
throne of grace in prayer. May they 
have many rich rewards when He 
comes. 

While away in the meeting we had 
a gospel team from Ashland to come 
to Flora on December 6th and they had 
charge of the service both morning and 
evening. The team consisted of Rev. 
Lee Christ, Geneva Kuhn, and Mildred 
Cook. Their service was highly ap- 
preciated. On December 1.3th we had 
with us Dr. Gribble, Marguerite, and 
Harold Dunning for the morning ser- 
vice. We were glad to have them with 
us and Dr. Gribble gave a powerful 
message on faith. May the Lord bless 
them as they go on their way in His 
service. 

We are beginning an evangelistic 



meeting Monday evening, December 11 
with Brother Earl Bowser of Altoona 
as the evangelist. For this we covet 
an interest in your prayers. 

JAS. S. COOK 



FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH OF 
LONG BEACH, CALIF. 

"O magnify the Lord with me, and let 
us exalt his name together." Again we 
come, very humbly, with the closing 
events of the year as God has vouch- 
safed to bless us, and His hand has 
not been shortened for these last months 
He has undertaken beyond all that we 
could think or ask. First of all there 
have been many spiritual blessings, and 
our hearts have rejoiced as souls have 
suiTendered to him, made confessions, 
and joyfully testified to his saving 
power. 

Then the restoration to health of our 
pastor. Dr. Louis S. Bauman is cause 
for much praise, together with the en- 
abling and upholding of our associate 
pastor Alan S. Pearce, as he carried a 
double load. Dr. Bauman is again in 
his pulpit and has resumed his men's 
Bible class and his Thursday evening 
lectures. As for the material gains, 
seemingly every prayer has been an- 
swered, and all departments have closed 
with a sui-plus. Seven months ago the 
Finance Committee thought that the 
time had come to lessen the church 
building debt, and make a few repairs 
to the church. So a band of "I-Will- 
Trys" started out to raise seven thou- 
sand dollars by January first. On New 
Year's eve a large group met for a 
watch night of praise and prayer, and 
before 1936 ended the entire sum had 
not only been met, but exceeded. Our 
Home Mission offering was preceeded 
by a day of prayer and six hundred was 
sent to the national board. 

"This is the Lord's doing and it is 
marvellous in our eyes." 

Beginning in October Miss Claire 
Weiermuller, formerly Director of (Ed- 
ucation in Dr. Riley's church in Minnea- 
polis and now holding the same position 
under Dr. Cortland Myers in Pasadena, 
has held two classes each week for two 
months in Child-Evangelism. As a re- 
sult, nine classes were organized in the 
city meeting week days in homes, and 



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The Brethren Evangelist 

including children of many denomina- 
tions. The neighborhood classes contin- 
ue under two splendid teachers, Mrs. 
Grace Srack, and Miss Bertha Law- 
rence, while the Seventy, Magnify Club, 
Dorcas Society, and the Sisterhood of 
Mary and Martha meet each month. 

The World-Wide Missionary Society 
had a most helpful message from Miss 
Mabel Crawford, and the mission study 
class had the joy of hearing from Mrs. 
J. H. Foster. Our district mission board 
has been trying to locate a center in San 
Diego for another Brethren church, in- 
spired by the rapid growth of the Glen- 
dale, Bellflower, and Compton church- 
es. 

During Dr. Bauman's enforced ab- 
sence we were privileged to hear Dr. 
W. H. Houghton, president of the 
Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Dr. 
Paul W. Rood, president of the Bible In- 
stitute of Los Angeles, Charles F. 
Weigle, Floyd W. Taber, Dr. K. M. Mon- 
roe, and Brother George Richardson who 
is now carrying on the new work at 
Tracy, California. In November, Irwin 
A. Moon coming under the auspices of 
Milo F. Jamison of Los Angeles, gave 
us a week of sermons from science. As 
a result, there was a new and more 
reverent appreciation of a wonderful 
Creator, and a deepened love for Him 
Who loved us and gave Himself for us. 
In December a Christmas cantata, "It 
Was Read In The Stars," was given 
under the direction of Mrs. J. I. Judd, 
and the following Sunday the choir, un- 
der the direction of Mrs. B. W. Coon 
presented an unforgettable evening of 
Christmas music. On January fifth a 
reception was given for our departing 
missionaries. Dr. Floyd W. Taber and 
his wife who expect very soon to be 
on their much desired and long hoped 
forjfield of labor in Africa. Our pray- 
ers follow them. "They that be wise 
shall shine as the brightness of the 
firmament; and they that turn many 
to righteousness as the stars for ever 
and ever." Would that we all might 
so shine through out this new year as 
we joyfully await His coming. "For 
God who commanded the light to shine 
out of darkness, hath shined in our 
hearts, to give the light of the knowl- 
edge of the glory of God in the face 
of Jesus Christ." 

L. E. WORMER, Church Reporter 



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THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD 

Composed by a guest in The Christian Home, Jacksonville, Florida 
The Lord is my Shepherd — / am His lamb; 
One of the weakest and frailest I am. 
He has green pastures leading afar. 
Needing no sunlight, needing no star. 
Then by His bounty daily I'm fed — 
In His green pastures tenderly led. 
Sometimes the way where He leadeth His sheep 
Seems for my tired feet too dark and too steep. 
Then if I wander away from the track, 
The kind, tender Shepherd, He leadeth me back. 
He leadeth me back again to the fold 
Out of the stormy night, out of the cold. 



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What If Christ Had Never Come? 

By Miss C. I. Southgate, Kalyandrug 



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From "Darkness and Light," Bi-Montli- 
ly Organ of The Ceylon and India Gen- 
eral Mission. 

"What if Christ had never come?" 
Years ago I heard a sermon on this 
question, and listening to the Minis- 
ter, I tried to imagine life as it would 
have been. For when we look into 
things we realize that all we know of 
loving care, of kindness and unselfish- 
ness has its real origin in the coming 
of Christ as a little Babe to a manger 
in Bethlehem. Now, after almost six 
years in a heathen land, I could an- 
swer that question without much draw- 
ing upon my imagination. Though in 
many ways India has benefited by a 
Christian Government, which has abol- 
ished human sacrifices, the burning of 
widows, etc., and has introduced hos- 
pitals and other helps for the people, 
it is still a heathen land, and we see 
much of life as it would have been if 
Christ had never come. 

Fire walking, the dragging of tem- 
ple cars by hooks piercing the back 
muscles, etc., are still common in 
festivals. I have seen women with 
cheeks pierced and jaws locked by a 
silver bar in fulfillment of a vow. 
Child marriage, although forbidden by 
law, is still prasticed even by repre- 
sentatives of the law themselves. We 
have seen brides of four, six, or nine 
years, here and in other places. 

Demon possession and the most cruel 
beating of the possessed one in order to 
expel the demon, I know to be facts. 
Animal sacrifices are common, and 
what is worse is the cruelty meted out 
to living animals. Hinduism condemns 
Jeevahimsa, the killing of anything, 
yet has nothing to say when donkeys 
have their ears cut off and their feet 
tied so tightly together that the flesh 
is deeply lacerated. A bull or horse 
may be yoked or saddled and used even 
though the yoke or saddle be placed on 
raw open wounds; the driver or rider 
has no qualms about it. Broken limbs 
heal as best they can, and as soon as 
the animal can limp again it is at 
work, lame for the rest of its life. How 
animals and children suffer where there 
is no knowledge of Christ! The S. P. 
C. A. and S. P. C. C. may perhaps be 
touching the fringe of the cities, b"ut 
are unknown, and the former quite 
unwanted in the country districts. Even 
Christians are very slow to realize the 
need of kindness to animals. What of 
the children? If I could only show you 
the poor filthy neglected babies you 
would understand why we give out sim- 
ple medicines. The few hospitals are 
far apart, and although supposed to be 
free I fear that bribes are often sec- 
retly demanded by compounders and the 



amount given or not given decides if 
the medicine is to be mere water or 
not. 

A child was brought to us yesterday 
with a terrible eye. "Why have you not 
had this attended to?" I demanded of 
the father. "Oh, I took him to the 
hospital for a while but it did not get 
better so I stopped eight days ago." 
"Do you realize the sight has probably 
gone through that?" I asked. "Oh," he 
said with great piety, "What can I do ? 
If it is God's will for the child to be 
blind he will be." "It is not God's 
will," I replied, "but your careless- 
ness." Another baby of a few months 
arrived, carried on the hip of a child 
of seven in a most uncomfortable and 
unsafe position. This child had sore 
eyes, but also I discovered was on the 
verge of bronchitis. Of course, it was 
naked and out in wind and rain. A 
little camphorated oil put that wee mite 
right again. 

A mother, after we had put drops in 
a wee baby's eyes, commenced to press 
and rub the eyes terribly. "Amma, 
amma, stop! Don't you realize how it 
hurts?" we cried. "Does it?" she said, 
"I did not know." I know an old man 
who is blind because his mother put 
curry powder or chillies in his sore 
eyes as a child. She meant to heal them 
but did not know! 

They do not know the simplest rem- 
edies, even those which grow in their 
own fields. Charms are tied on for 
coughs and then the child sits in pud- 
dles, in rain or wind, naked, and the 
mother is astonished because the cough 
gets worse. Branding of new-born 
babies is still done regularly. I must 
stop, but, oh, we can tell you what it 
would be like if Christ had never come. 
A father said of his dying child the 
other day, "Oh, well, if he dies there 
will be plenty more born." This is not 
the attitude of the One Who said His 
Father cared for even the odd sparrow. 

Their ignorance and indifference are 
one of the greatest hindi-ances to the 
spread of the Gospel. But God's Word 
is winning its way. A Mohammedan 
confessed to me today that they had 
no conception of God as love in their 
religion. No, but in Christ proclaimed 
by lip and life many are learning now 
what can be and is because God so 
loved the World that He gave His Son. 
Will you get down on your knees and 
thank God for all that Christ has 
meant in the homelands and pray for 
these who yet are living without the 
knowledge of the Savior of the World ? 
Sometimes we feel as if our hearts 
would break with the scenes around us, 
but if we care, how much more muot 
He? 



NOT AFRAID TO CONFESS CHRIST 

"Ye shall be my witnesses" (Acts 1:8) 
In one of our meetings a little tow- 
headed Norwegian boy stood up. Hesj 
could hardly speak a word of English, ' 
but he got up and came to the front. 
He trembled and the tears trickled 
down his cheeks as he said, "If I tell 
the world about Jesus, He will tell the 
Father about me." That was all he 
said, but I tell you in those few words 
he said more than all the rest of them, 
young and old together. They went 
straight down into the heart of every 
one present. "If I tell the world" — yes, 
that's what it means to confess Christ. 
— D. L. Moody 



BE A GOOD FORGETTER 

"Forget the things that are behind; 
forget injuries, slights, unkind words be 
too big to be hurt; be too great to be 
unkind; be too busy to quarrel; too 
wise to engage in unseemly gossip; too 
strong to permit little annoyances to 
turn you from life's big road; too clean 
to strain your character with any kind 
of muckraking." • — Sel. 



Doing nothing for others is the un- 
doing of one's self. 



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FIGHTING Ini one of the national colleges in 

COMMUNISM Cordoba, some students aired their 

IN Communistic views in the college 

CORDOBA magazine. The college authorities 

were somewhat sympathetic. At 
least, they did not utter any strong disapproval. As 
a result, the Ministry of Justice and Public Instruc- 
tion took the usual step of suspending the Vice- 
Principal and thirteen professors. A good example, 
by the way, for North American authorities to fol- 
low. 

However, there is a danger on the other side. Un- 
der the plea of suppressing Communism among col- 
lege students, influential persons are agitating the 
compulsory teaching of "religion" in the common 
schools. In Argentina, this would mean a return to 
the compulsory teaching of the Roman Catholic re- 
hgion, with all of its stupendous errors. An attempt 
was made to hurry through legislation to this end, 
to take effect at once. Moderate influences have pre- 
vailed, however, for the postponing of the decision 
on the subject until next March. We sincerely trust 
that our God may, in some way, save the schools of 
Argentina from both the intellectual darkness of 
Communistic atheism, and the intellectual enslave- 
ment through Roman Catholic superstition. — B. 

BUENOS Last October, a census was taken in 

AIRES Argentina, and it revealed a population 
of 2,386,645. This makes the Paris of 
South America the largest in all the Latin world. 
The sad part of it is, this great city is at heart anti- 
God. Some years ago, a poll covering 5000 univer- 
sity students there, revealed the fact that only four 
of them beheved in God. A Methodist bishop, after 
many years of sei'vice there, declared it to be his be- 
hef that Buenos Aires furnished the most difficult 
mission field in all the world. After a century of 
mission work there, Methodism shows, by recent 
reports, a membership of less than 6,000 in all Ar- 
gentina, with a Sunday School enrohment at a some- 
what higher figure. Missionary boards looking for 
easy tasks should stay out of Argentina. Mission 
boards obedient to our Lord's last marching order — 
"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to 
every creature" — ^will not ask whether the task is 
hard or easy, whether it will be fruitful or fruitless, 



whether the people will heed or ignore. They will "go 
into all the world and preach the Gospel to every 
creature," and leave the results with God. The serv- 
ant of God will be rewarded in the day of our Lord's 
appearing, not for what men call success or failure, 
but for simple faithfulness. "Thou hast been faithful 
over a few things : I will make thee ruler over many 
things." — B. 



VENTURING 
FOR GOD" 



The history of Christian mis- 
sions furnishes the world its fin- 
est examples of self-sacrifice, real 
courage, thrilling heroism, and genuine devotion to 
a cause. To carry out the final marching order of its 
supreme head — "Go ye into all the world and preach 
the Gospel to every creature" — missionaries have 
stopped for nothing in order to accomplish the stu- 
pendous task. Life itself has never been esteemed a 
thing too precious to lay on the altars of their de- 
votion. "Every creature". That takes in the Nham- 
biquara Indians, one of the largest tribes to Brazil. 
Six years ago, they shot a party of missionaries who 
attempted their evangelization. Recently, three more 
ambassadors from God wended their way up the 
tributaries of the Amazon, only to meet with death 
at the hands of these foresters who are notoriously 
hostile to all foreigners. Now, another gi'oup is plan- 
ning to make a contact with them, counting not 
their lives dear in the task of making Christ known 

IN THIS NUMBER 

Just What is a Negro ?— J. T. Gillard 2 

Editorials 3 

The Forbidden Book— Joan C. Varietto 6 

Every Man a Debtor — L. S. Bauman 7 

The Missionary at Grips with Disease and Death in 

Africa— Mrs. G. G. Morrill 9 

Gleanings from Missionary Letters 11 

The New Missionary Home — Florence N. Gribb'e 13 

Financial Report 14 

Progress in South America 14 

The Kingdom of God Movement in India — W. H. Ilockman 16 

News from the Field 17 

Sunday School Department — G. H. Jones 18 

Christian Endeavor Department 19 



where the need is great. Of what stuff are these 
missionaries made ? Certainly, it is not ordinary ! — B. 

THE DEVIL On the 6th of January, soviet 

TAKES CENSUS Russia took a census, which is 

IN RUSSIA the first that has been taken 

since 1926, at which time Rus- 
sia showed a population of 147 million. It is expected 
that the new census will show an increase of from 
25 to 30 million peoples. There is a decided religious 
aspect to this new census. All citizens of 16 years 
of age and over must indicate their precise religious 
faith, whether it is the Orthodox Russian, the Ro- 
man Catholic, Baptist, Mennonite, Lutheran, Moslem, 
or what. The Isvestia declares that the Soviet gov- 
ernment's desire in this matter is to discover the 
attitude of all the citizens of that nation as to re- 
ligion. They promise that the information will be 
treated as confidential. The official Comsomolskaya 
Pravda, on the 14th of last November in an illumin- 
ating statement, declared that Stalin's project of 
the Constitution (which in Article 124 gives free- 
dom for the conduct of religious cults and freedom 
also for anti-religious propaganda) does not mean 
any weakening of anti-religious work in Soviet Rus- 
sia. On the contrary, that official organ declares 
that anti-religious work must be pushed forward by 
every possible means. 

"The Central Council of the Godless" has organ- 
ized a World Congress of the Godless which is just 
about to meet on February 9, 1937. It is expected 
that 46 different rations will send 1600 delegates. 
The agenda of this Congress will include: (1) an 
organization for world pi'opaganda aginst all re- 
ligions; (2) the formation of an International 
League of the world's godless, to be affiliated with 
the original League; (3) the creation of a large 
fund for the carrying on, of anti-religious propagan- 
da. It is evident that the antichrist is not loosening 
his hold upon Soviet Russia. Doubtless Russia is al- 
ready, so to speak, on the march that will only end 
when her vast army lies a bone-pile in Palestine 
(see Ezekiel 38 and 39). 

In the meantime, if the organization, of Satan in 
this world are showing such increased activity in 
their determination to do battle against all religions, 
especially the true religion of which our Lord Jesus 
Christ is the Head, what ought we who profess to be 
soldiers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be do- 
ing ! Let us meet the enemy face to face. Assuredly, 
if the hosts of hell will lay their money on the altar 
for the purpose of battling against the church and 
her Lord and Savior, when there is no possible re- 
turn, that can come to them for their sacrifices, what 
ought we, the children of the living God, be doing 
with our funds when we know that every dollar given 
will return to us a thousandfold in the life to come? 
However, the motive of our giving ought not to be 



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the return expected, but our passion and love for 
the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. — B. 

"ALMA FUERTE Under this caption we have 
AND a very interesting news article 

OTHER PLACES" from the pen of Brother Char- 
les F. Yoder, who has been vis- 
iting some of our missions in the Argentine. A care- 
ful reading of this article must make all of us realize 
that our work is not in vain in the Argentine, and 
there is much that causes us to rejoice and take re- 
newed courage. His report of the work under Broth- 
er Adolfo Zeche is especially interesting. When, in 
Roman-Catholic Latin America, at an,y place on the 
map, you can gather 273 children into the Sunday 
School on Sunday morning, and 341 into the preach- 
ing service at night, you are accomplishing that 
which is extremely unusual. And 23 acceptances of 
Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior within a week are 
likewise very much out of the ordinary. But, it is as 
Brother Yoder says, "A going pastor makes a grow- 
ing church." This report of the work in various 
churches should cause us all to realize that our na- 
tional pastors in the Argentine are real preachers, 
and that they are greatly exalting Christ, both in 
life and in word, and when Christ is exalted, men 
are saved. — B. 

REGARDING May 28tli, 1937 brings again Eas- 

THE ter Sunday, when our annual offer- 

EASTER in? for Foreign Missions shall be 

OFFERING lifted. All money received in the 
office of the Secretary-Treasurer 
in Long Beach on or after March 1, 1937, and until 
June 1, 1937, will be entered into the regular Easter 
offering, credit being given not only to the individ- 
ual, but also to the church of which he is a member. 
Isolated members sending us money should indi- 
cate as to what local churches they belong, if they 
desire their gift credited to the churches, as well as 
themselves. While June 1 is the final limit this year 
for such money as is to be reckoned as "Easter Of- 
fering," yet any money received in our office, the 
letters of which are postmarked as late as May 31, 
will be entered into the Easter Offering. Money re- 
ceived after that date will be entered into the regu- 
lar June receipts. Of course all money received dur- 
ing the fiscal year ending July 1 will be placed in the 
ANNUAL OFFERING of the church. 

Should enyone desire to send us missionary money 
during the month of February and have it held to 
be reported as Easter offering, this will be done, pro- 
vided such request is made ; otherwise it will be en- 
tered in the regular February receipts. 

EASTER Letters have gone foi-ward to all 

SUNDAY the pastors of the church, giving 

MARCH 2Sth them full instructions with regard 

to the plans of the foreign board 

for the collection of the largest Easter offering in 



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February 6, 1937 



the history of the Brethren Church. We do not be- 
lieve that anyone instructed in the Word of God will 
take issue with us when we say that the giving of 
the gospel to every creature is the supreme business 
of the Christian church. Our Lord's last message to 
us before He ascended into the heavens was : 

"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy 
Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses 
unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in 
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth" 
(Acts 1:8). 

"And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, 
and preach the gospel to every creature. He that 
believeth and is baptized shall be saved ; but he that 
believeth not shall be damned" (Mk. 16:15-16). 

"And when He had spoken these things, while 
they beheld. He was taken up; and a cloud received 
Him out of their sight. And while they looked sted- 
fastly towards heaven as He went up, behold, two 
men stood by them in white apparel ; which also said. 
Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heav- 
en? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you 
into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have 
seen Him go into heaven" (Acts 1:9-11). 

Verily, when our supreme Master returns from 
the heavens and asks us whether we have been faith- 
ful to His last commission — a commission that in- 
volves the eternal destiny of every man and woman 
bom into this world, no matter what the color of 
his skin — what shall we say? 

Every Christian Endeavor Society, every Mission- 
ary Society, every Sunday School, and every church 
should now begin the work of gathering together the 
greatest offering in our history, culminating on Eas- 
ter day. Then, indeed, shall all rejoice in the glad 
Easter hope. We shall cry in our joy, "HE IS RIS- 
EN." We shall have within our hands the money, so 
that we can say to the fine group of young men and 
women whose lives are on the altar — "GO TELL!" 

"WHAT CAN One must stand appalled by the 

I DO?" great spiritual darkness that rests 

like a pall of death upon millions of 
souls throughout the great continents of Africa and 
South America. Do you realize that tens of millions 
of human beings are living and suffering and dying 
without hope because they have no knowledge of the 
Christ Who died and arose for them ? Do you some- 
times feel like exclaiming with Paul, as you think of 
these vast multitudes, "Woe is me if I preach not the 
gospel?" Do you ask, as every sincere Christian 
must, "What can I do?" 

YOU CAN If you cannot go, you can pray that 

PRAY ! someone else shall go as your repre- 

sentative. 
If you cannot give largely yourself, you can pray 
that others will. 



If you cannot preach the sermon that will stir oth- 
ers into missionary activity, you can pray that your 
pastor will. 

You can be a prayer wanior. The incarnate God, 
while on earth, never would have said to His church: 
"Pray ye, therefore, the Lord of the harvest that He 
will thrust forth laborers into His harvest," if He 
did not plan to send forth his Spirit and mightily 
bless all true missionary endeavor if only men shall 
pray. Prayer is ever the motive power of all success- 
ful missionary machinery. 

The famous Japanese, Mr. Neesima, was right 
when he said to his fellow Christians planning an 
evangelistic tour, 

ADVANCE ON YOUR KNEES ! 

"What can I do" that the Brethren church shall go 
over the top on Easter Sunday with the greatest 
Foreign Missionary Offering in her history? 
I CAN PRAY ! 



Editorial Notes and News 

A POST CARD concerning the work of a friend of the 
editor who is now in Alaska tells an interesting story. The 
young man and his wife are conducting a Sunday School. So 
far the attendance has been about 15. They have only found 
one person who seems to know anything about salvation, and 
this person went to Alaska but left her Bible back in the 
United States. Truly there is great need for the gospel in 
that great land. 

ALTHOUGH THE FOLLOWING does not come from a 
Brethren pastor, it may be an encouragement to some of our 
Brethren churches. 

"A year ago in , we stopped all suppers and 

rummage sales, and discontinued our solicitation among the 
business men and went on the tithe plan. Since then the in- 
come of the local church has increased 500 per cent over any 
and all previous years. All bills have been paid and the church 
has a surplus of $1,000. The attendance has increased 300 
per cent and fifty have been added to the membership." 

YES, IT WORKS. God not only expects that His people 
shall support their own work without asking the world for 
help, but He has provided a plan by which it can be done. 
He has also promised to bless His people who take Him into 
consideration in a plan of finance. (The tithe is the place to 
begin giving to the Lord. The Christian who has something 
of Christ's passion will not stop with a tithe. 

ALL CHURCHES should observe February 21 as a day 
set apart by National Conference for the interests of the 
Brethren Home and Benevolence Board. Offerings are to be 
received on that day for the Brethren Home and the Super- 
aniiated Ministers' Fund. Churches should not treat this 
day lightly. It is right and proper that we should help to 
care for those who have given their lives to the preaching 
of the Word. More information will be included in the Evan- 
gelist of next week. 

THE CHURCH at Falls City, Nebraska, has scheduled an 
evangelistic campaign to begin February 10th with the Aus- 
tin Evangelistic Party. Brother J. G. Dodds is the pastor. 
It would be well to remember this campaign in prayer. 



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THE FORBIDDEN BOOK 



By Juan C. Varetto (In "El Picoy La TruUa") 
(Translated from Spanish by Miss Johanna Nielsen) 



"It is not true," emphatically declared a priest, 
"that the church (Roman Catholic) has forbidden the 
reading of the Bible to the faithful. What it has 
done is to regulate it in order to avoid wrong in- 
terpretations." 

Call it "forbidding" or call it "regulating," the 
fact is that the clergy has done everything possible 
that the Bible be out of the popular reach. In the 
year 1229, the Council of Toulouse, at which Pope 
Gregory IX presided, caused to be published a decree 
that says: "We also forbid that the laity be per- 
mitted to have the books of the Old and New Testa- 
ments." A paragraph was added permitting that they 
might have the Psalter, which is part of the Bible, 
but to translate it into the popular ("vulgar") lang- 
uages, which were the only ones the people knew, 
was decisively forbidden. 

He who has read this decree can not say that the 
reading of the Bible was not forbidden, since it es- 
tablished that no one outside of the clergy could 
even have it, and those who wished to have the 
Psalter must have it in Latin, which would equal not 
having it at all. 

Before the world was shaken by the great Refor- 
mation of the 16th Century, and the invention of 
printing made possible the profuse circulation of the 
translations made by the reformers, the Bible existed 
only in dead languages, such as Hebrew, Greek and 




A Bible Class Taught by Miss Nielsen 



Latin, and those which had been translated into mod- 
ern tongues were generally very defective and sei-ved 
only as literary curiosities, but not as a means of 
spiritual food for the believer. 

In Spain, for example. Cardinal Cisneros published, 
in the year 1515, the famous Poliglot Bible of Alcala, 
but this monumental work that in many respects is 
an honor to its author, contained no Spanish ver- 
sion, though it was done in Spain and by a Spaniard. 
It never entered into the calculations of the Romanist 
doctors that the Bible was for the people. 

But the time had come in which the Bible, like 
the waters of an overflowing river, should vanquish 
every obstacle that opposed its circulation, and in 
spite of the papal anathemas and the sinister fires 
of the Inquisition, should have millions of readers in 
all the nations of the world. 

It was then that the church wished to make im- 
possible the reading of the Bible through regulation 
which it dictated. In the year 1564 was published 
with the authorization of Pope Pius IV, the "Indice" 
of forbidden books, in which figured the best ver- 
sions of the Bible then known. In the regulation was 
set down that to read the Bible it was necessary to 
have a special permit either from the Bishop or In- 
quisitor. Who would think of reading the Bible when 
to do so without sinning he must first place himself 
under suspicion of heresy before the authorities of 
the "Holy Office" (of the Inquisition) ? "Whoever 
presumes," adds the decree, 
"to read these books or 
keep them in his posses- 
sion without permission, 
can not receive absolution 
from his sins." 

Later came other de- 
crees, all of which are still 
in force, destined to hinder 
the free circulation, of the 
Scriptures, with the result 
that they are almost un- 
known to the devout and 
even to not a few priests. 
You may find in public and 
private libraries some Bi- 
bles in many volumes and 
with many notes, but the 



(Continued from, page 15) 



February 6, 1937 




Every Man a Debtor 

By Louis S. Bauman, Treasurer of the Foreign 
Missionary Society of the Brethren Church 




A debt is something every honest man will pay 
if it is within the limit of his ability. A Christian 
is an honest man. Therefore, a Christian will pay 
his debts if it is within his ability to do so. You 
cannot reconcile Christian character with the grow- 
ing habit these days of ignoring to pay that which 
we honestly owe. It is not to the credit of Daniel 
Webster that he permitted other people to pay his 
debts. 

Men sometimes boast that they are free from debt. 
The boast is not good. No man is free from debt. 
He may not owe any man dollars and cents because 
of having borrowed them, or because of having re- 
ceived directly material value from them. He may 
boast that he keeps the commandment: "Owe no 
man anything." But in the sense of moral and spir- 
itual obligations, no man is ever free from debt. 
And, moral and spiritual obligations are as much 
debts as pecuniary obligations. Dives may have justi- 
fied his lack of interest in the beggar on his door- 
step on the ground that he did not owe him anything. 
However, as a matter of fact, Dives was morally and 
spiritually deeply in debt to the beggar ; and, the fact 
that he ignored this debt sent him hell ward. 

Moral and spiritual obligations rest upon us not 
because of wliat other men have done for us, but be- 
cause of that which God has done for us. "For, in 
Him we live and move and liave our being" (Acts 17 : 
28) . Saying nothing about the life He gave us in the 
first place, the earth (that is the Lord's) and the 
sunshine and the rain upon it which sustain that life 
— ALL is His own. But above all this. He gave His 
only begotten Son for us, so that, though we have 
sinned, we can escape the terrible penalty because of 

His atonement on the cross. 

Thereby we have our hope of 

eternal life. Consider this, and G O 



frantically: "0, what is there that I can do for you 
in return for what you have done for me?" By that 
question, he acknowledged his great debt. The dying 
man replied: "Brother, you can do nothing for me 
personally. But somewhere in this great world, I 
am leaving a poor crippled brother whom I greatly 
love. If ever you have a chance, do him a good turn." 
Now, in one sense it can be said that' that man, for 
whom anotlier died, owed the crippled man nothing. 
What had he ever received from the cripple ? Noth- 
ing ! Yet, who will say that he was not tremendously 
in debt to him? His debt was just as real as though 
he owed him ten thousand dollars borrowed directly 
from him. 

Our Lord Jesus Christ hung on a cross and, in 
unspeakable agony, redeemed us from sin, paid the 
penalty, and through His death we have hope of life 
eternal. What can we do for Him? Nothing! But, 
listen ! In the shadow of the cross, we hear Him 
say: "I have sheep that are not of this fold. Them 
also do I love. Tliem also must I bring. Go seek those 
sheep for Me!" "Freely ye have received, freely 
give!" 

In the light of God's gifts to us and His commands 
upon us, let no man say that he is out of debt. Even 
though he should give all his goods to feed the poor 
and his body to be burned, yet he could only say to 
God: "I am an indebted servant!" The realization 
of such indebtedness was the incentive which drove 
into action; the greatest missionary of all time: "I 
am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians ; 
both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as 
in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that 
are at Rome also" (Rom. 1:14, 15). 

Men talk of being stewards of 

God. They think of the material 



wealth which God may have 
remember that we have given Go — spread abroad the glad salvation, placed in their hands, and then 
back to God little or nothing in The ivonders of God's grace rehearse; they think of tithes. We are 



return for all His exceeding Help send the news to distant nation, 



great gifts to us. 

We once heard of a man who 
lost his life in saving the life of 
a comrade. And, as his life, 
given for another, was slowly 
ebbing away, the comrade asked 



By earnest prayer and open purse. 
When love the story sweet is telling, 

The heart of God the Father yearns; 
With joy angelic notes are swelling 

Whene'er a soul repentant turns. 

■ — Nellie Sumner Brooks. 



stewards of God in things ma- 
terial. But, that which makes 
us stewards is not so much our 
material wealth as our spiritual 
wealth. It is not gold ini our 
liands, given of God, that needs 
to worry us. It is the gospel 



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that God has placed in our hands that should make 
us tremble under the weight of tremendous responsi- 
bility. Gold only matters as it becomes an instrument 
for sending forth the gospel. I possess the gospel — 
the good news of eternal life. Therefore, I am the 
trustee of eternal life that belongs to millions who 
do not know of the will of God, written in the blood 
of the cross, testified by His Son, and sealed by the 
Spirit of God. And this is the good news: "If thou 
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and 
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him 
from the de?.d, thou shalt be saved. . . . For there 
is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for 
the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon 
Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the 
Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 10:9,12,13). And, a 
lost world awaits this good news ! 

Now, this good news is placed in our hands. We 
are trustees of the gospel of Christ. "To wit, that 
God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Him- 
self, not imputing their tresppsses unto them; AND 
HATH COMMITTED UNTO US THE WORD OF 
RECONCILIATION. Now, then, we are ambassa- 
dors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by 
us: we pray you in Christ's stead. Be ye reconciled 
to God" (II Cor. 5:19,20). Not of the ordained 
preachers alone, not of the missionaries, not of any 
select group is this written. Every "new creature" 
(II Cor. 5:17) is an "ambassador" — a trustee of the 
gospel. No Christian c?.n shift his responsibility to 
another. No man can say, "I must be excused in 
this matter!" No wonder the great apostle cried 
out: "Woe is me if I preach not the gospel!" 

Remember, sending the good news of the salva- 
tion of God out to a world of lost men is not a mat- 
ter of charity. It is a matter of debt, — a matter of 
tremendous obligation. If we have the gospel of sal- 
vation, and then let these millions go into eternity 
without their once having had the opportunity to 
"call upon the name of the Lord," — if we stand re- 
spoHiSible for their eternal loss — their awful, appall- 
ing loss — if we let them go without having done "as 
much as in me is", how shall we ourselves stand be- 
fore God in the last great day of reckoning? God 
help us to think it over! God help us also to cry, 
"Woe is me if I preach not this gospel!" 

Yes, remember that the sending out of the gospel 
is not a matter of charity. Charity claims only a little 
of your spare cash. It comes in ahead of all other 
things, even ahead of the very "necessities of life!" 
God, if it be Thy will, let me starve ; but, 0, do not 
let me enter eternity without a discharge of my hon- 
est debts ! 

Medical students, we are told, are graduated under 
a solemn promise to make known any medical dis- 
covery they may make in life — make it known for 
the well-being of afflicted humanity. It is a moral 
obligation — no more than that. And yet what a tre- 



mendous obligation! Now, the distinguished scient^ 
ist, Lord Kelvin, was once approached by a pompous 
would-be scientist, who asked him which one of his 
discoveries he considered to be the most valuable. 
The great Lord Kelvin, a peer of peers in the scien- 
tific world, bared his head, and humbly replied: "The 
most valuable of the discoveries I have ever made 
was when I discovered my Savior in Christ Jesus!" 
Lord Kelvin was right. No other discovery man has 
ever made is even comparable with that discovery. 
And, when once a man has made that discovery, his 
moral responsibihty for making that discovery 
known to lost humanity is the most solemn of all 
responsibilities. The gift of a little of our spare cash, 
the gift of a bit of our time, or the habit of making 
an excuse because of financial depression, is not go- 
ing to relieve any soul of that responsibility. "Woe 
is me if I preach not this gospel!" "As much as in 
me is, I am ready!" If *'as-much-as-in-me-is" is 
less than one-half a cent a day (which is even more 
than the average member of the evangelical churches 
of America is actually giving to discharge the great 
obligation) , all well and good ! But, Christian, think 
it over ! Remember that God Almighty in the coming 



i YES, WE'LL ST ILL REPEAT THE STORY '! 

i 

I Tune: "Shall We Gather at the River" 

I (Note: Why not copy this off and have it sung in all 

I our C. E. Societies, and Sunday Schools, from now on 

I ur.til Easter Sunday. Or copies may be had from 

j Weir Brothers, 4840 Grace Street, Chicago, 111. 

! 20c per 100; $1.50 per 1000 

! Slmll we still repeat the story 

! Coming from His throne of glory 

! Of a Savior's dying grace, 

\ To redeem a rebel race? 

I Chorus: Yes, we'll still repeat the story, 

j The beautiful, the beautiful story; 

I Still proclaim the joyful message 

\ Of a Savior's dying love. 

i Shall we hei"ald forth the tidings, 

j Blest to those in days of old, 

I And to millions through the ages, 

I Bringing happiness untold ? 

I Hapten on to tell the weary, 

I Laden with a load of sin, 

I In a worid so dark and dreary 

I Whom the Savior died to win. 

j Harps are hanging on the willotvs; 

I Men are groping in the night; 

i Souls are sinking 'neath the billows 

i With the harbour just in sight. 

j — S. McD., Chicago 




The Missionary at Grips With Disease and 
Death in Africa 

(Quoted from a Personal Letter from Mrs. Curtis G. Morrill to the Editor). 



We have just made out our medical report for the 
past three months (July, August and September) 
and sent it into the government. As we finished the 
report, we were surprised ourselves at the amount of 
work that had been done, and we found the report 
so interesting to us that I decided to send it to you. 

You will understand, of course, that we do not 
have both a hospital and a dispensary as do the oth- 
er stations. All we have, being a new station, is a 
small round native grass hut, about 12 feet in diame- 
ter, with a grass roof and mother earth for the 
floor. We have very few conveniences with which to 
work. In fact, the equipment consists of an irriga- 
tion can used in washing the ulcers, various odds and 
ends of bottles and boxes containing our few medi- 
cines, one or two medicine droppers, an ear syringe, 
some native cotton, and, thanks to the Sisterhood 
girls, bandages ! We have a medicine chest with two 
or three shelves, which Mr. Jobson made for the 
station before we arrived. For the safe keeping of 
the bandages. Miss Myers donated a box with pad- 
lock. Both the medicine and the bandage box are 
kept under padlock and key during the hours the dis- 
pensary isn't being used. This is Africa and Afri- 
cans have "sticky fingers." To complete the equip- 
ment, we have a charcoal stove made out of a gaso- 
line can, containers for water, a tea-kettle, a tin 
can and an empty bottle for the administration of 
medicines by mouth. 

Since Mrs. Kennedy has been on the station, she 
has carried the burden of the dispensary work. When 
she arrived, I was sick and we were only too thank- 
ful to have someone who could take care of the work. 
The work has steadily increased since she has been 
here. The subcutaneous treatments, both for leprosy 
and for snake bites, I have given on our back ver- 
anda. 

Naturally, we fail to have trained helpers for the 
work, for they are station productions after years of 
effort, but we do have one young man who has 
learned to wash the ulcers and can help in applying 
the antiseptic powder and the bandages. When you 
read the figures below, you'll realize what a great 
help that really is. In addition, it is his work to 
carry the water, make the charcoal for the fire in 
the little stove, sweep the dispensary and burn the 
soiled bandages. When he finishes with the dispen- 
sary work in the morning, he is assigned other work 
with the station workmen. 



This woi'k so far has not figured greatly in dol- 
lars and cents or in francs. Since the station, being 
new, does not have a regular medical allowance, the 
medical workers on the other stations have helped by 
donating medicines. Miss Myers has donated much 
of the medicine from Bassai supplies, and Miss Bick- 
el has helped to fill in gaps when our ulcer work 
grew larger than the amount of medicine Miss Myers 
could supply. Tlien., too , since the entire day isn't 
required for the work, the helper receives the major- 
ity of his pay from general fund money for the sta- 
tion work he does. 

The patients begin coming about 7 A. M. and such 
a "hubbub" as there is, with babies crying and na- 
tives talking! The dispensary is only a stone's throw 
from our houses. I think we'll really be glad when 
the hut is no longer fit to be used for that purpose, 
not only because of the noise but also because of 
the chance of the multitude of flies carrying infection 
from the ulcers (which they seem to like particularly 
well) to the food that is being prepared on our back 
veranda. No one is treated until after services in 
the chapel are concluded. The work is usually fin- 
ished between 9 and 10 o'clock. Recently the people 
have been coming from distant villages, as well as 
many from the nearby villages. We feel a much 
friendlier attitude on the part of the chiefs since 
more of our people are being treated, and there is an 
increased attendance in our Sunday services, as 
well. Just how many hearts are being touched and 
will be won for the Lord through the medical work, 
we can't tell, but we're praying that it will have a 
definite part in the evan,gelization of the Kabba, for 
it is not our wish to aid in the healing of the physical 
bodies alone. We can see where it can have a large 
part in winning the confidence of the people, and in 
breaking dowTi superstition. 

Now for the report, which I will translate into 
English. In fact, to make it out in French required 
considerable effort and word chasing in dictionaries 
etc., for Mr. Morrill and I realized to our dismay 
shortly upon our arrival that we didn't know French. 

You will notice in the following report that only 
"treatments" were counted, not patients. Some 
patients may have more than one ulcer to be treated, 
or they may have both an ulcer and a cold. As a re- 
sult, the number of treatments is larger than would 
be the number of patients. 
Insect Bites (mostly painful scorpion stings) . . 4 



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Ulcers and Wounds 1804 

Inflammation of the Eyes 90 

Burns 214 

Snake Bites 5 

Itch (a prevalent skin disease) 71 

Teeth and Infections in the Mouth 60 

Abscess and Boils 137 

Colds 779 

Dysentery 12 

Gastritis 189 

Rheumatism 5 

Influenza 126 

Malaria 1 

Leprosy 14 

TOTAL 3511 

Some of the ulcers are frightful things. The Kab- 
ba so far have not impressed us as being either in- 
dustrious or clean. Their lack of cleanliness may ac- 
count for some of the ulcers. Then, too, some of them 
are ulcers of long standing, since there was no means 
of treatment, except native methods, before the mis- 
sion was located here. One woman brings a baby, the 
top of whose head is one large ulcer. It's not at all 
uncommon to see them come hobbling on one foot, 
the other foot being an ulcerous mass. One woman 
comes each morning whose one foot is gone, due to 
leprosy, and the stump of the ankle is one large, 
swollen, inflamed, putrid mass. Another woman has 
a horrid ulcerous instep on the one foot, with a hole 
clear into the bone. That, too, is the result of lep- 
rosy. Both of these women have many of the bronze 
blotches on the skin of various part of their bodies. 
These blotches are typical of one type leprosy when 
it infects a black man. Both of these women should 
have injections of the specific medicine for leprosy, 
as well as other lepers who come to the dispensary 
or are in our vicinity, but, so far, we've had only 
enough medicine for one patient. 

That medicine we are using on a young married 
woman with a nursing baby. Her husband is a cap- 
tain of our workmen, and is Mr. Morrill's interpreter 
on many occasions. In many ways he is at present his 
"right hand" man. We've felt that if they were to 
continue to live in the village with the other work- 
men, and if the husband was to continue to give the 
valuable assistance to Mr. Morrill that he has been 
giving, we must use the medicine we have to try 
to cure or, at least, make her non-infectious. 

Inflamed eyes are common. Sometimes the patients 
come with both eyes swollen shut, and pus oozing 
from underneath the lids. 

We've had an unusual number of burns, it seems. 
One mother brought a baby who had been burned at 
least two or three weeks before. By the time the poor 
little thing was brought to the dispensary, the in- 
side of its arm was one large ulcer, and, of course, 
the arm had lost its function. 

Brother Hathaway wrote in his annual report 



about the small snake that is prevalent in the terri- 
tory of the Kabba people. It is small, but deadly. The 
natives have told us that a person bitten by the snake 
dies within 24 hours, and that each year many of the 
Kabba die as a result of its bite. How much of that 
may be native exaggeration, I don't know. At any 
rate, the people ini the villages near us have learned 
that we have a medicine that will prevent death 
from the snake bite, for there is an available serum. 
It is very expensive and we have had difficulty in 
securing it. As a result we are sometimes without 
it, and can only pray that the people near us (our 
helpers and ourselves included) will be protected 
from the bite of that particular snake. We are care- 
ful to always take a light when we go outside the 
house, or even onto the verandah, or in a dark room 
at night, and we have warned the natives to use a 
grass torch if they come to us on dark nights. The 
patients are sometimes carried in at night after we 
have gone to bed; then we have to hustle to get a 
fire started and a hypodermic syringe, etc. boiled. 
We always give a local treatment to counteract the 
venom. We're beginning to make the natives realize 
that when they bring a patient to us, they must try 
to kill the snake and bring the dead snake too. We 
don't want to use the serum on cases that can be 
treated without it, for there are other types of 
snakes. 

The one case of malaria reported looks as if we 
were in a mosquito-free district. Just the opposite 
is true and probably many of the natives have ma- 
laria, but we don't begin to have enough quinine in 
our supply for natives to start such a wholesale work. 
The one case is one of the workmen who at intervals 
gets too sick to work, and has symptoms similar to 
those in a white man, so we call it malaria even 
though we are not equipped to do the proper blood 
examination to be sure. The quinine always relieves 
the symptoms. 

Mrs. Kennedy tells me that she thinks the cases 

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Forget them not, Christ, ivho stand 
Thy vanguard in the distant land. 

In flood, in flame, in dark, in dread, 
Sustain, tve pray, each lifted head. 

Exalt them over every fear, 

In peril come Thyself more near. 

Thine is the work they strive to do, 
Their foes so many, they so fetv. 

Be with Thine own, Thy loved, who stand, 
Christ's vanguard, in the storm-swept land. 
Margaret E. Sangster. 






'ebniary 6, 1937 



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YALOKE NOTES 

The Lord is ever present with us and 
,-e have much for which to praise Him. 
le has manifested Himself lately by 
kis convicting power among our Afri- 
jan Christians. In one of our native 
onferences several months ago there 
las quite a breaking up, in which near- 
y all the active members confessed to 
ins that had spoiled their fellowship 
>'ith the Lord. Only a few withstood 
the Spirit's working, and doubtless 
here were some others who gave only 
Partial confessions, but a large number 
v'ere quite evidently sincere. Some, 
,v'e are sorry to say, confessed to nearly 
very sin on the list. Heathen practices, 
ithei-to unknown, were reaveled. One 
ase was reported where a woman was 
ursed by the man whose importunities 
he had resisted. She began to pine 
way and grow thin on account of this 
urse, so they thought. Then the man, 
Jraid that she would die, took the 

I.ecessary steps to remove it by paying 
ive francs and giving a chicken. The 
fffended husband threatened to kill the 
iian, and did wound his own wife with 
l knife, but it was finally settled peace- 
ibly. Fortunately there were few cases 
juite as bad as this. 

We are looking to the Lord to com- 
)letc the work He has begun by bring- 
ng about an entire surrender on the 

Sart of each one. Please join us in 
raying that these infants in Christ 
lay be gripped by a horror for sin, 
find" may flee from it to the only sure 
Refuge. We must have an abiding work 
3f the Spirit in the church, for it is 
;he Lord's will that we bring forth 
'ruit and that that fruit should remain 
(John 15:16). If we look upon the 
frailty of human nature instead of upon 
the power of God we would be like Pet- 
ix trying to walk upon the water. 

One native said his biggest tempta- 
tion was to get rid of his wife because 
he is childless and to get another so he 
ould have someone to care for him 
hen he was old and to mourn for him 
hen he was gone. Prayer for him 
ow will avail more than after such a 
Istep, if he should finally yield. Think 
how much glory it will be to the Lord 
eternally if this man is enabled to 
stand to the end against a temptation 
which is a very real one to an African. 
These are only two of a large number 
of needy cases. We praise the Lord for 
the visible signs of His working, and 
we have confidence that He will contin- 
ue to work in answer to availing prayer. 
We have reason to rejoice also in a 
safe trip to and from the Bellevue Con- 



ference in October in spite of bad 
barges to cross and of a total eclipse of 
the head-lights on the truck. Due to 
unforseen delays, part of the trip was 
made at night, the two cars being driv- 
en by the light of one, when the one 
set burned out. We appreciated the hos- 
pitality of and fellowship with those 
who entertained us likewise. At present 
we are enjoying a visit from Miss Bick- 
el who returned with us for a time of 
refreshing and rest. 

The wife of one of our evangelists 
died during our absence. The villagers 
wanted to take her away for burial, but 
her husband and relatives were firm in 
their intention to have her buried at 
the Mission without any heathen rites. 
We praise God for this, but feel that 
the husband needs special prayer at 
this time. 

Some alterations and repair work 
have been done at the hospital lately. 
It needs a new roof very badly. In fact, 
two new ones are needed on the sta- 
tion, the present ones having served ten 
years. Five years is considered a long 
time for a grass roof and so you can 
imagine that these are in a bad shape 
indeed. 

We are thankful that the French Gov- 
ernment has been furnishing a few 
medicines lately for the hospital work. 
They refuse, however, to supply the 
remedy necessary for yaws, so many of 
these sad cases have been turned away 
for lack of medicine. 

While we are on the subject of medi- 
cal work we should mention the people 
bitten by mad dogs recently. There has 
been quite an epidemic of rabies, but 
the serum is not obtainable. Please 
join us in praying that the Lord will 
undertake for the unfortunate victims. 
Steps have been taken to exterminate 
the dogs, but the natives too often co- 
operate by hiding their pets. Quite of- 
ten lately the cry of "mad dog" has sent 
the crowd fleeing in all directions. Near- 
ly every one carries a spear, a knife, or 
a club to work. lEven the school chil- 
dren come armed to school. 

Please pray for Daniel Dotar, the 
only one of our school boys who is from 
the Kabba tribe, where our newest Mis- 
sion Station is located. He could be very 
valuable to that station in time, if the 
Lord does a real work of grace in His 
heart. He has been quite brave about 
staying away from his people, having 
only seen them once in ten months. 

We feel very much the need of a na- 
tive worker among the Moslem people 
who have settled in such large numbers 



in this tribe in the last few years. They 
have brought their herds of cattle with 
them due to a shortage of grazing land 
farther north. They are rapidly absorb- 
ing a number of the people of this 
tribe by taking them on as camp-fol- 
lowers and by inter-marriage with 
them. A Moslem leather worker, named 
Mamadou, professed conversion several 
months ago, and we were greatly in 
hopes that at last we had the much 
needed worker. But he went away north 
to his old home to bring about a rec 
onciliation with his former wife, and 
has not been heard of since. How great- 
ly he or some one like him could be 
used in this work! We hope that you are 
praying with us that the Lord call forth 
specially prepared and specially en- 
dowed workei"s, both white and black. 

We are glad to I'eport that a new 
chapel point has been opened up at 
Birlos among the workmen of a Bel- 
gian planter at his invitation. The 
evangelist there needs your interces- 
sion in his behalf. The Patterson Me- 
morial Chapel is well under way at Bos- 
sembele also. 

Let us take courage in the Lord be- 
cause of what He has wrought and for 
what He is able to bring about. 

Yours in His sei"vice, 

MARY L. EMMERT 



Brother Sheldon writes from Bellevue 
Station, Africa: "Just about two weeks 
before Conference (on the field), I 
took a trip to our two farthest chapels 
at Bouca and Batangapo. Batangapo is 
about 137 miles from here, so it makes 
it very hard to properly care for the 
work. If we did not have the car, it 
would be impossible. Bantangapo is al- 
most as far away as Yaloke, and half 
again as far away as Bassai by auto 
road. The interest is very good, and the 
time I was there, people came out in 
large numbers. There were over 500 
out one morning to the meeting. There 
is no chapel building there as yet, so 
they have to meet under the trees. 

We have been having many problems 
vidth sin here recently. Seems as 
though the devil is doing all in his 
power to wreck the lives of the Chris- 
tians. Some of those that have been 
around from the first, have fallen back 
into sin. They need your prayers, and 
we do also, especially through this time 
of testing." 



Bellevue, French Eq. Africa 
Nov. 4, 1936. 
Dear Prayer Band Members: 

All the missionaries on the field, 
twelve in number, met at Bellevue from 
Oct. 20-30 for prayer and conference. 
The Lord especially opened the way so 
all could come in spite of the heavy 
rains we have been having, and in spite 
of the two bridges that were out. You 
know one doesn't often go auto riding, 
just for the fun of it, out here in Af- 
rica. Gasoline is too expensive for that, 
and the roads are too bad too. You 
might have to build a bridge before you 



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return! Nevertheless we are thankful 
for our roads such as they are, for many 
places as primitive as this part of Af- 
rica have no auto roads at all. 

About a vsreek ago a little motherless 
baby, about a month old was brought 
to us, starving to death. You know 
when a mother dies in this tribe the 
babe soon follows, for no one will nurse 
it. They say it has an evil spirit in it 
which caused the mother's death. Some- 
times they have even buried the little 
one with the mother. This little one 
they brought to us, we fed as best we 
could on, evaporated milk; but, it was 
too weak to stand the change and died 
today. Two children, at least are living 
today because they were fed at the mis- 
sion. Without an orphanage, or some- 
body trained to care for them, it is 
very hard to keep the milk clean even 
after giving them the supply for only 
a half a day. They leave it till it is 
cold, drink some to see if it is all right, 
leave it in dirty places, etc. 

Our native workers, some 28 in num- 
ber, have been in from the chapels for 
our conference. Some report an interest 
in the Lord. At some points the chains 
of Satan have not yet been loosed and 
the workers labor on without much re- 
sults. 

There has been much sin among our 
professed Christians too. It would seem 
that genuine conviction of sin is rare 
out here. So many seem to think that 
if they can hide their sins from the mis- 
sionary, it is all well and good. It isn't 
that they don't know better, either, for 
if you ask them if God sees they vrill 
reply, "Yes, He sees and knows every- 
thing." 

A heavy blow to the work has been 
the falling into sin of the one ordained 
native worker at this station — Moise 
Ouioroi. Pray that the Lord will might- 
ily convict him of his sin and that he 
will turn away and abhor it. 

Pray for Jacob Yasse who has been 
laboring faithfully at the French Poste 
of Bossangoa. Mr. Sheldon has kept 
him here now so he will be free to travel 
and oversee the chapel work. 

Onouguele, one of our younger but 
very faithful workers, has gone to take 
up the work at Bossangoa. Pray that 
he may be faithful and Spirit filled. 

Bisseme, one of our workers who does 
not shine so much, but has remained 
faithful, is working at Bowe. Within 
the past four years the population 
there has decreased from about 2000 to 
around 300. There has been a real fam- 
ine. Bisseme has had to see people 
starve to death; and, others too weak to 
bury them, until he himself has grown 
sad. He has divided up his peanuts, 
pumpkins, and beans until he has very 
little to eat himself. The Christians 
here at the statioa have sent food to 
them; but, of course it doesn't last long 
where there are so many and they are 
so hungry. 

Recently we have tried to start a 
Bible school, taking the children who 
have been in French school, or those 



who have studied in the vernacular 
schools. Some who have had French 
think their own, language beneath them 
and do not like to study the Bible in 
their own language. It is quite neces- 
sary that they take work in French for 
real school work in their own language 
is forbidden. We can and do teach them 
to read in the vernacular, but must de- 
pend on the French school for the other 
work. 

You can see that we have our diffi- 
culties too but we do have a great field 
which is white, and laborers are needed. 
We do thank the Lord that the Taber 
family will soon be coming forth and 
also the Klievers. 

As we look for His return at any 
moment, let us labor faithfully in His 
vineyard. In His service, 

HATTIE C. SHELDON 



$.50.00 INVESTMENT IN ETERNITY? 

(The Editor recently received a letter 
from a missionary in China, enclosing a 
Chinese note of $50.00. His letter is in- 
teresting as it explains the viewpoint 
of the Chinese as to the hereafter of 
their loved ones. One may call them 
superstitious, but at least their super- 
stition means more to them than some 
so-called Christians' so-called belief in 
the hereafter.— L. S. B.) 

The Chinese believe there is the same 
order of society and of official govern- 
ment existing in the next world as in 
this and that the needs of the soul are 
the same there as were their needs in 
this world. So when one dies, his friends 
set a feast before him. They bum imi- 
tation clothes for his use in the next 
world, also paper replicas of sedan 
chairs, rickshaws, motor-cars or even 
airplanes for his riding. And of course 
they must bum money for the departed. 
Who can get along without money? 
Not even the dead. 

Many people make a business of pro- 
ducing this false money for relatives 
to burn for their departed. Some "mon- 
ey" is just brown paper with a little 
thin tin-foil pasted on it. Some times 
it is tin-foil shaped like a yuan-pao 
or ingot of silver, or even golden ingots 
of gold paper, for their more lucky de- 
parted. These are also bumed before 
the gods. Foreigners say this is "fool- 
ing the gods." Ordinary Chinese would 
not agree with the foreigners. When 
the paper ingots are burned they be- 
come spiritual ingots of spiritual gold 
and they are of more use to departed 
spirits than real gold, for real gold 
could not be bumed nor spiritualized! 

Since westerners have come to China, 
silver and gold ingots have disappeared 
and silver and paper notes have come 
into general use. So cardboard disks 
or dollars and paper money are used 
largely to burn for the dead. That is 
why I come to have this bill to send 
to you. It is easier to send this by mail 
than the cardboard dollars, 

Chinese believe that the dead do wish 
this money offered to them. To prove 



The Brethren Evangelist 

this they tell of a man of long ago who 
died. After some time he came to life. 
Friends asked him if he was hungry or 
cold or in need in hades. He replied that 
he was so for a while but suddenly all 
his needs were supplied, for a relative 
had sent him clothes and lots of money. 
The relative replied that he had only 
burned some pictures of old clothes and 
a waste paper basket of old promis- 
sory notes. The formerly dead man re- 
plied that they had become real clothes ( 
and real money for his spirit. So hej 
had all he needed. From that time on 
Chinese have made these offerings to 
the departed spirits. 

This bill on the back has some priest- 
ly incantations and advice as to the 
vanity of earthly things and pleasure. 
On the face of it, it states that it is 
issued on the Bank of the Under-world 
(hades) and is good currency for fifty 
dollars. The Nationalist Government has 
forbidden the people to offer such to 
the dead as rank superstition, and the 
printers are forbidden to print them; 
but the people are not yet converted, 
not yet new creatures in Christ Jesus, 
so they continue in this worship of the 
dead. Men cannot be made Christians 
by national decrees. Their lives and be- 
liefs can only be made right by "the 
foolishness of preaching." Pray that 
our preaching may be with the power of 
the Holy Spirit. 

REV. H. G. C. HALLOCK 



BRETHREN MISSIONARY « 
DIRECTORY I 

SOUTH AMERICA 
ADDRESS: 433 Rivadavia. Rio Cuaito. Prov. Cerd. 

oba, Argentina, Soutli America. 
Rev. Clarence L. Sickel. Supt. 
Mrs. Clarence L. Sicltel. 
ADDRESS: Almafneiie, Prov. Cordoba, Argentine, 

South America. 
Dr. Charles F. Yoder. 
Mr«. Charles F. Yoder. 

SOUTH AMERICAN NATIONAL PASTORS 

Adolfo Zeche, Huinca Renanco. 

Domincjo Reina. Tancacho and Hernando. 

Louis Siccaidi, Cabrera. 

Riccardo E. Wanner. Rio Cnarto. 

iuan Pisani Bihie Coach Worker. 

AFRICA 
ADDRESS: Yaloke, nar Boalr. nar Baniiiii, Oubangul- 

Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 
Rev. John W. Hallll.away. Siipl. 
Mrs. John W. Hathaway. 
Miss Mary E. Enimert. 
Miss Elizabeth S. Tyson. 
ADDRESS: Bassai. nar Bozouni, l)ar Bangui. Ou- 

bancnii'Chari, French EntlatorinI Africa, 
Miss Estella Myers, 
Miss Grace Byron, 
ADDRESS: Bellevue', iiar Bossangoa. liar Bangui, Ou- 

bangui-Chari, French Equatorial Africa. 
Rev. Chauncey B. Sheldon. 
Mrs. Chauncey B. Sheldon. 
Miss Florence Bickel. 
ADDRESS: 1st or 2iMl Class Mall— Bekoro. par 

Bassai, par Bozoum, |iar Beberati. par Yaoundef 

Onbangui-Chari, Fr. Eq. Africa. 

PARCEL POST: Care of C. B. Sheldon, 

Bellevue, par Bossangoa, par Bangui, Oubangui- 

Chari, Fr, Eq, Africa, 
Rev. Curtis G. Morrill. 
Mrs. Curtis G. Morrill. 
Mrs. Wilhelmina Kennedy, 

MISSIONARIES ON FURLOUGH 
Rev. and Mrs. Orville D. Jobson. 

6340 Ventnor Ave.. Ventnor. N. J. 
Rev. and Mrs. Josepll H. Foster, 

1925 E. 5th St. Long Beach. Calif. 
Rev. and Mrs. Floyd W. Taber. 

5777 Campo Walk. Long Beach. Calif. 
Dr. Florence N. Gribblo, 702 Grant SL. Ashland, 0, 
Miss Mabel Crawford, 131 N, Pickering. Whittier, Calif. 



February 6, 1937 



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The New Missionary Home 



The Statendam was arriving at New 
Vork. Slightly belated, having skirted 
,1 storm, she docked on Sunday morn- 
ing. Two missionaries from Oubangui 
Jhari were on board. One, just com- 
jleting her first term, was looking for- 
vard with joy to meeting loved ones in 
California. Father and mother, brother 
ind sisters yet live, except one, the 
)recious babe, a tender flower, recently 
ransplanted to heaven. 

The other, twice the younger lady's 
jige, had passed through many bereave- 
jnents. Father and mother, husband's 
father and mother, and the dear hus- 
pand himself had long since gone to 
flory. Sisters remains, and a brother, 
ill in the far west. Husband's sisters 
•emained, and a brother, mostly in the 
'ar east. Up and down the length of 
he land were friends and churches who 
vould gladly welcome her as she trav- 
iled among them. But her daughter, 
vith whom in the last fifteen years she 



By Florence N. Gribble 

had been able to spend just thirteen 
months, had during her recent absence 
graduated not only from high school, 
but from Moody Bible Institute, and 
was now ready to enter college. Pray- 
ing much pre-furlough days, the mis- 
sionary had felt it to be God's wdll that 
in that college town, she and her daugh- 
ter should have a home together. 

A great surprise awaited the mis- 
sionary when her daughter, and the 
young man with whom her life will one 
day be linked in foreign service, met 
the Statendam that Sunday morning. 
Plans were soon divulged. In hope and 
faith they were going to Ashland. Brief 
visits with relatives now ensued, and 
soon the trio were enroute for Ash- 
land. The young man found an agree- 
able room; the young lady was domi- 
ciled in the college dormitory, to the 
usual busy duties of opening college 
days, adding a search for rooms or a 
small apartment where she and her 




Front and R^ar Views — The New Missionary Home 



mother could be together. In this search 
she was generously aided by Mrs. Mc- 
Clain. Nothing suitable could be found. 
Dental work finished in Michigan 
whither the missionary had gone dur- 
ing the waiting days to be with a be- 
loved brother-in-law and wife, she re- 
turned to Ashland on, the verge of an 
illness, hoping that the elusive apart- 
ment could be found yet that night. 
There was nothing available! Loath to 
make further demands on numerous 
friends in Ashland, the little party en- 
tered a restaurant for a belated supper. 
Whom should they find in the res- 
taurant but Ashland's popular Profes- 
sor Stuckey vdth his sympathetic wife! 
That innate hospitality so universal in 
the hearts of Brethren at once impelled 
Mrs. Stuckey to invite the missionary 
to her home, while the daughter re- 
turned to the dormitory. There during 
a short but shai-p illness she was ten- 
derly nursed back to health by Mrs. 
Stuckey. Fully convalesed at last, she 
was constrained to accept the offer of 
Mr. Dunning — an offer made on the 
evening of her arrival and persistently 
refused — to move out of his pleasant 
room at 702 Grant, in order that it, an 
adjoining room, and a small store-room 
might be transfoi-med into an apart- 
ment to be occupied by herself and 
daughter until such time as the mission 
home would be ready. 

The mission home! And the ground 
was not yet broken! In Oubangui- 
Chari things move slowly — so slowly 
that the missionary may perhaps be 
pardoned if she regarded as a bit too 
optimistic the kind prediction of Prof. 
McClain that she would be able to move 
in, in January! 

But God's time had come. The clock 
had struck, and under the efficient di- 
rection and labors of Mr. Judd, who 
was brought to Ashland" for the pur- 
pose, the building shown in the accom- 
panying picture was soon completed. 
On the 16th day of January, 1937, Dr. 
Gribble and Marguerite moved in and 
took possession of one side of this 
double house. Now what comfort! Three 
rooms downstairs, a living room, din- 
ing room and kitchen ; two bedrooms up- 
stairs and a snug little bath room. What 
more could she and Marguerite want? 
Simply but beautifully furnished, the 
"home" excites the wonder and admir- 
ation of all who visit it. 

Soon young missionaries, the Dowdy's 
and the Klievers, looking forward writh 
that first ardent glance of hope and 
faith to South America and Africa re- 
spectively, will occupy the other and 
larger side while they make their prep- 
arations for departure. 

The "mission home" from basement 



n 

to attic fils a long-felt need. Now mis- 
sionaries stepping off the boat from 
either of our fields may look forward 
with a hitherto unknown pleasure to 
their waiting home. Now missionaries 
weary with deputation work will find 
on Fairbanks Street a quiet retreat 
where for a season, they may be at 
home and rest. Now would-be mission- 
ary authors may find a place to rest 
and write. Now missionaries may have 
the privilege of extending at least a 
limited hospitality to kind friends who 
have for furloughs past received them 
so hospitably in their homes! 

Truly God has mai-vellously and 
swiftly worked in bringing into exist- 
ence the mission home in Ashland. And 
we, its first occupants, would take this 
opportunity of thanking those whose 
willing hands and loving hearts He has 
so wisely used — the Sisterhood through 
whose insti-umentality the funds for its 
erection have been provided; Dean and 
Mrs. McClain whose kind and tactful 
supervision of many wearisome details 
has so manifested that love which is of 
God; the many sisters who have con- 
tributed toward the furnishing; the 
many brethren who have been so gen- 
erous with their gifts of money; the 
many who have rendered services un- 
known, perhaps, to the writer, but 
known to Him Who has watched "how 

(Continued on page 17) 

THE FOREIGN MISSIONARY SO- 
CIETY OF THE BRETHREN 
CHURCH 
Financial Report — December, 1936 

General Fund: 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Schue. Warsaw, In&.i S.OO 
Dr. & Mrs. L. E. Lindower, 

Warsaw, Ind 5.00 

Misc.. Warsaw, Ind 25 $13,25 

Crawford Fund, 

Whlttier, Calif,, (outfit) 39,30 

Worldwide jMisionary Society, 

(Long Beach 1st) (outfit) 6,00 

Manteca. Calif 4.04 

Northern California Dist 4.47 

Roanoke. Va, (outfit) 5,25 

South Gate, Calif 7.00 

FiUmore. Calif 10,55 

Glendale. Calif 5.00 80.01 

Foster Fund: 

Fillmore. Calif 14,00 

W, M, S, (Los Angeles 1st) (outfit) 5.00 

Long Beach (2d) 25.8li 

Los Angeles (2d) 12.50 

Los Angeles (1st) .?0,47 

W. M, S. (Bellflower, Calif.) (outfit) 4,22 92,05 

Kennedy Fund: 

Mission Study Class (Lone Beach 1st) 5,00 
Christ's Home, Warminster, Pa 20.00 25.00 

Miscellaneous: 

Jliss Elizabeth Hormel. Los Angeles. 

(for Hebron Home) 25.00 

Missionaries' Home (Furnishings) 

R. B. Boon. Durham. Calif 5,00 

Mr, & Mrs. D, W, Campbell, 

Toledo. Ohio 3,00 

Sunday School. Elkhart. Ind 25.00 

Philathea Bible Clas.s (Phila, 1st) ,. 5, on 38,00 

Myers Fund; 
Standard Coal Company 9,00 

Sheldon Fund: 

Intermediate C, E,. Krypton. Ky. .. 4,00 

South American General Fund: 
Mrs, Frank Larson 

(for Mrs. R, Wagner) 7.00 

Taber Fund: 

Manteca. Calif (3.02 

LaVerne. Calif 5, 00 

Los Angeles (1st) 18,34 

Northern Calif. Dist 8.95 38.91 

TOTAL $332,82 

LOUIS S, BAUMAN, Sec'y-TreaE, 




The Brethren Evangelist 
Progress in South America 




ALMAFUERTE AND OTHER 
PLACES 
By C. F. Yoder 
In Spanish, alma means soul; and, 
fuerte means strong. The name "Alma- 
fuerte" is the pseudonym of a famous 
Argentine poet, sometimes called the 
"evangelical poet," because of the prev- 
alence of Christian sentiments in his 
writings. The F. C. C. A. which ac- 
companies the post-office address, Al- 
mafuerte stands for Railway Central 
Argentine, and takes the place of the 
state and county in United States ad- 
dresses. This railway is one of the five 
great systems of the country. It is the 
central one, as the name indicates. 
Therefore, our work is in, the heart of 
the land, and is slowly but surely winr. 
ning a place in the hearts of the people 
of the land. Every year we notice new 
proofs of growing confidence and good 
will on the part of the people among 
whom we labor. The apparently small 
results of our labors, as to number of 
converts are due not to antagonism to 
gospel missions so much as to the wave 
of atheism and indifference to all re- 
ligion which is rising all over the world. 

Rio Tercero 

The two baptisms which we have to 
report this time are of two orphan 
children in Rio Tercero, a young woman 
and her brother. They, with younger 
brothers, live with an uncle and his 
wife who are also candidates for bap- 
tism; but were not yet ready at this 
time. Rio Tercero has seemed at times 
to be a hopeles field on account of dif- 
ficulties too numerous to mention; but 
the good seed is being abundantly sown 
by means of tracts, and though compar- 
atively few people come to the meet- 
ings, the sympathy and confidence of 
the people is coming our way. 

Almafuerte 

The two converts from Rio Tercero 
were baptized in Almafuerte and took 
part in our recent communion srevice 
there. Besides these two new partici- 
pants, there were a number of former 
members present who now live else- 
where, and all enjoyed the fellowship 
with one another and with the Lord. 
One girl whose parents placed her in a 
Catholic school during the year won. 
first place in scholarship but testified 
in the Communion service of the trials 
she suffered on account of the proselyt- 
ing efforts of the school. 

Our vacation Bible school this year 
had an enrollment of 54, and an aver- 
age attendance only slightly less. Our 
daughter, Eleanor Romanenghi, had 



charge of the school with two teachers 
as assistants. We have again received 
requests from parents not members to 
have an evangelical school here, as there 
is general dissatisfaction with the 
teaching in the public schools. 

Our Christmas program was excep- 
tionally good and caused much favor- 
able comment. It was followed by a 
week of special meetings in preparation 
for the love feast on New Year's day. 

While out making some calls last 
week, I was surprised to meet Brother 
Sickel, with Dr. and Mrs. Blanchard, 
members of the Second Brethren church 
of Los Angeles. They were making 
hasty visits among the missions, and 
could only stay an hour with us; but 
it was a great joy to meet friends from 
the homeland. We now await the com- 
ing of Brother and Sister Dowdy, and 
hope that other missionaries may fol- 
low, for our territory is far too large 
for our present force. 

We have been having meetings in a 
country point called Quebracho, ten 
miles away. We have a most excellent 
family of members there and a few of 
the neighbors are becoming interested. 
We also distribute tracts in the neigh- 
boring towns of Los Condores and Ber- 
rotaran, but have no regular preaching 
as yet. We hope that a campaign with 
the tent in these towns may open the 
way for a greater work. 

I hope to visit Rosario again soon 
also, as the work there is too important 
to abandon. I also have a call to go to 
Buenos Aires, where Brother Jose An- 
ton has eight converts ready for bap- 
tism. He supports himself as Bible col- 
portor for the American Bible Society, 
and has meetings in his home. Al- 
though isolated from our other mission, 
he is very loyal to the Brethren faith. 
Ruinca Renanco 

Taking advantage of the presence of 
helpers on vacation in Almafuerte, I 
accepted the invitation of the pastor 
and church in Huinca Renanco to preach 
at the dedication of their new enlarged 
hall, and follow with a week of evan- 
gelistic meetings. Brother Adolfo 
Zeche has done a great work in this 
growing town of ten thousand or more 
inhabitants. Nearly half the cost of 
building has been raised by the local 
church. The hall now has a church ap- 
pearance, and can seat over 300 people. 
There were six candidates ready for 
baptism. Brother Sickel conducted the 
baptismal service and the communion 
service. There were 273 present in the 
Sunday School and 341 in the preach- 
ing service at night. The hall was well 



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j filled every night during the week fol- 
I lowing, and 23 more made public con- 
fession of their decision to accept 
i Christ. On Friday of that week we went 
ito Realico for the regular weekly meet- 
jing and twelve more accepted Christ 
jthere. 

I Brother Zeche has learned that "A 
going pastor makes a growing church," 
I and we needed the entire week to visit 
all the places where he is accustomed 
'to go. Some are in the suburbs round 
labout; and, while Brother Zeche is a 
good walker, it is too much for his good 
'wife to go with him everywhere al- 
though she does so whenever possible. 
jThey both are working hard and de- 
serve an auto for their field. Realico is 
18 miles away and does not have good 
train service. 

Our mission in Huinca Renanco is in 
the very center of the town and has 
won the confidence and esteem of the 
town in general. Brother Zeche and 
[family are esteemed by everyone and 
(the future of our work there seems to 
ibe very bright. 

I On account of heavy rains, I was un- 
able to return by omnibus and so came 
by train through Laboulaye, where I 
found Brother Reina busy getting the 
parsonage ready for the coming of the 
new pastor. Brother Pereyra. I had 
time to visit the members and attend 
;he midweek meeting, where at Broth- 
er Reina's invitation, I preached. This 
is the first time in four years that I 
riave been able to visit this work, and 
:he people all received me vnth the af- 
jfection of children for a father. All 
ihe sacrifices and griefs incident to mis- 
sionary life have their more than ample 
recompence in what one wins in the 
love of the converts. It is comforting 
also to observe how large a percentage 
af the converts remain faithful in spite 
of the trials and temptations that they 
iiust endure. You, dear friends in the 
lome land who read these reports, will 
have your reward with us for your 
faithfulnes s in giving and in prayer, 
thus upholding our hands as we carry 
the gospel to the thousands who do not 
iknow it. Let us be faithful, each one 
in his own place, knowing that our labor 
is not in vain in the Lord. 
Almafuerte, F. C. C. A. Argentine, 

Jan. 4, 1937. 



WHEN LAYMEN VISIT THE 
1 MISSION FIELD 

I By Clarence L. Sickel 

I For the first time in seventeen years 
!of missionary experience, and possibly 
for the first time in the history of 
jBrethren Missions, lay members have 
msited our Argentine Field. 
j Dr. and Mrs. Blanchard of the Sec- 
ond Church of Los Angeles were with 
us for a short visit during the month of 
December. And we believe this visit has 
been a blessing, not only to the mis- 
sionaries personally, but to the work in 
general. 

Our people here in, Argentina have 
seen missionaries come and go, and they 



are most grateful to those who have 
brought them the Word of life. They 
have met members of the Foreign Mis- 
sion Board and realize the part they 
play in sending out the missionaries. 
But, for the first time they have met 
members of the brotherhood of the 
north, representatives of the body of 
people, whose offerings make it possi- 
ble for the missionaries to come, for 
the churches to be built, for the giving 
forth of the "Good News" of salvation. 
And what a unique pleasure it has been 
to them. They found them to be lov- 
able, friendly, and though of another 
nationality, not so different from them- 
selves. When the doctor and his wife 
took mate — the South American tea — 
with them the Argentine way, the last 
barrier to their hearts went down and 
they took them in with open arms. The 
tie that binds them to you brethren in 
the north has been strengthened. 

To the missionaries, the privilege of 
having these dear friends with us at 
the blessed Christmas season has been 
one of the bright spots in these last 
eight years of service on this field. 
Many Christian people, especially young 
folks, have the impression that mission- 
aries are Like the traditional soldier, 
super-human. They quite fail to realize 
that far away from fellowship with ma- 
ture Christians, they are a prey con- 
stantly to the germs of depression. 
What an inspiration and help has the 
visit of these friends been to us! 

And as they go on their journey to 
return to the home land, we believe 
that they carry a message for you. 
They have come and have seen and go 
back to tell many of you of the need 
in this benighted land. 

We look to Him for renewed faith 
day by day, and we are praying to 
Him for mighty intercessions in the 
homeland. Nothing else will bring the 
people of this land into the Kingdom. 
Can we count on you? 



EVERY MAN A DEBTOR 

(Continued from page 8) 
day of judgment, when each of us shall 
give an account to Him, will lay that 
one-half a cent a day spent to send the 
gospel to a heathen world, along be- 
side the dollars we have spent upon 
our own selfish desires, and thereby 
shall our works be judged! If every 
member of our Protestant Churches 
would actually have given even one- 
half a cent a day for foreign missions, 
no missionary would have had to be 
recalled during the recent depression. 
As a matter of fact, thousands were 
recalled by our various Boards. But 
let no man think that one-half a cent 
a day is the full measure of his re- 
sponsibility. The measure of responsi- 
bility is "As much as in me is"! 

If salvation — if regeneration — does 
anything at all for a man, it ought to 
make him accept the Golden Rule laid 
down by the Lord Jesus as one of the 
rulers of his life. Hear it: "Whatsoever 



ye would that men should do to you, do 
ye even so to them" (Matt. 7:12). Ap- 
ply that rule to the foreign mission 
field. Suppose that were YOU (in 
Romanized Latin America) penitential- 
ly crawling on your hands and knees 
over rough stones from idol to idol, 
seeking to ease the burden of sin and 
fear of God, — what would YOU want 
the man or woman to do who is in pos- 
session of the glad good news that the 
penalty for sin is fully paid, and that 
nothing needs to be DONE except to re- 
ceive the salvation of God as the free 
gift of His grace? Supose that were 
YOU carrying that babe down to the 
"sacred Ganges" to cast it into the gap- 
ping jaws of the crocodile — because "the 
gods must have the best", — if that were 
YOU, what would you want the person 
to do who knows that the sacrifice has 
all been made — that God gave HIS Son, 
and because of that, we may keep our 
loved and our own upon our breasts for- 
ever and forever? If that were YOU 
in Africa, and the superstition of your 
tribe demanded the death of your twin 
babies, because of the belief that they 
would bring rain and evil upon your 
family — what would YOU want the per- 
son to do who has the marvellous light 
of the gospel of Christ in Ms posses- 
sion? It is the burning shame of the 
church of Christ that she has not given 
the message to every human being! 

What shall be the result of our fail- 
ure or refusal to pay that which we 
owe ? Dare we meet our Lord before 
His judgment throne, without having 
done our utmost to bring every human 
being in all this world to a saving 
knowledge of His grace? 

HOW MAY WE DISCHARGE OUR 
DEBT? By giving "as much as in me 
is!" When once we have done that, no 
matter how insignificant it may then 
seem, it will prove to be the necessary 
"loaves and fishes." The Master wanted 
ALL the lad had. Had he had but one 
little loaf and one tiny fish, it would 
have been enough. The blessing of 
Omnipotence would have met the need 
of the hungry multitude! With God, 
the question is not, "How much have 
you given?" but, "How much have you 
RESERVED?" 



THE FORBIDDEN BOOK 

(Continued from page 6) 
Bible in simple form and destined for 
the use of he people is found only when 
the evangelical version by Cipriano de 
Valera, which, be it said in passing, is 
one of the best in the European lang- 
uages. 

Among the evangelicals, by contrast, 
the Bible is read by all, in the home 
and in the church, and its study and 
meditation constitute one of the prin- 
cipal acts of their religious life. 

Why do the priests oppose the read- 
ing of the Bible ? The reason is very 
simple. The Roman church has departed 
from real Christianity and teaches doc- 
trines which the Bible condemns. Ex- 



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amples: the Bible teaches salvation by 
grace through faith in Christ Jesus: 
Rome, salvation by works; the Bible 
teaches that God is to be worshipped in 
spirit and in truth: Rome has created a 
system based on the grossest ceremon- 
ialism; the Bible forbids worship of im- 
ages: Rome teaches and propogates 
such worship; etc., etc. Such being the 
case, they fear to have the people know 
the Bible for its reading uncovei-s the 
deceit of an apostate church, unfaith- 
ful to the One they call Lord and Mas- 
ter. 

To deprive the people of the Bible 
is to deprive them of one of the richest 
blessings. 

We all need the Bible for only in it 
may we know the faith in its ancient 
purity; the books of men can not give 
us what the Bible does. We need it 
that our faith may grow strong, that 
our hearts may be filled with fervor; 
to learn from the noble example of 
those who first fought in the Christian 
army; that our souls may feed on the 
divine Manna, and that it may be our 
sword in the fight against sin and 
evil. 

Let us read the Bible in all the cir- 
cumstances of life, for it always will 
have an opportune word for us. Let us 
read it day and night that there may 
be fulfilled in us the promise that we 
shall be as trees planted by rivers of 
living water. Let us meditate in its di- 
vine and incomparable teachings and 
then we may intelligently say with the 
Psalmist: "Thy word is a lamp unto my 
feet and a light unto my pathway." Ps. 
119:105. 

Note: Sr. Varetto is perhaps the best 
known evangelical preacher in Argen- 
tina: is one of the very few who broad- 
cast messages regularly over the radio, 
beside being in constant demand as 
evangelist. 



THE "KINGDOM OF GOD MOVE- 
MENT" IN INDIA 
By William H. Hockman 

Dr. E. Stanley Jones is seeking to 
promote a movement in India that ap- 
proximately coincides in specifications 
with that advocated by Kagawa of Ja- 
pan. He has prepared a pamphlet for 
wide distribution, entitled The Christian 
Program for Reconstruction, whish has 
been printed in English and also a 
number of the native languages. 

The particular matter to which Dr. 
Jones is addressing himself is the solv- 
ing of the tragic social problem of the 
depressed classes or "outcastes" of In- 
dia. To his way of thinking, the only 
real solution lies in the gospel of Je- 
sus. To him, the gospel of Jesus means 
what he ventures to designate as "the 
kingdom of God on earth." As he quotes 
this phrase a number of times and uses 
it as the basis for his social theories, 
the author is evidently under the im- 
pression that our Lord actually used it, 
and by it implied just what is developed 
in the tract above mentioned. Will the 
reader take down his concordance and 



look for the expression, "the kingdom 
of God on earth"? To suggest that our 
Lord ever used such an expression is 
but an example of what frequently hap- 
pens when those occupied chiefly with 
social and political philosophies turn to 
the Bible for confirmation of their the- 
ories and programs. 

A New Kind of Gospel 

The genius of Dr. Jones' propaganda 
may be judged by the following brief 
quotations from his pamphlet: "What, 
ganization of cottage industries; intro- 
then, did He (Jesus) mean by 'the king- 
dom of God on earth"? He did not 
mean that the kingdom of God was 
some state beyond the borders of this 
life into which we enter at death. . . . 
It was not a fold into which men ran 
and are safe, ticketed and labelled until 
Jesus takes them home to heaven. . . . 
It is a new order, founded on love, shar- 
ing, good-will, co-operation and broth- 
erhood. This higher order is the final 
order or goal for all mankind. ... It 
is that order which fulfills and com- 
pletes the best desires of all religions 
and races. It is the completion of the 
salvation of mankind." 

In summing up the matter. Dr. Jones 
outlines a program for bringing about 
this kingdom of God, comprising a long 
list of items such as the following: the 
organization of co-operatives; the or- 
ganization of cottage industries; intro- 
duction of better methods of agricul- 
ture; widespread education. Says Dr. 
Jones, "The coming of the kingdom of 
God is the one open door into a broth- 
erhood of man for all men. Please note 
that we do not offer you a brotherhood 
of Christians only. The kingdom of God, 
as Jesus taught it, extends the broth- 
erhood to man as man." 

Brevity of space permits of no ade- 
quate discussion of this vital subject, 
but it should be pointed out that Dr. 
Jones is apparently completely ignor- 
ing the clearly defined message which 
was committed to the apostolic com- 
pany — a message that had to do with 
the death and resurrection and ascen- 
sion of One who is the sinner's Savior, 
and in whose name repentance and re- 
mission of sins should be preached 
among all nations. 

Economics versus Salvation 

As a social-economic program, the 
most of that which is suggested in the 
pamphlet is admirable, and we should 
be delighted to see it realized; but to 
offer that as a substitute for the gos- 
pel of our Lord Jesus Christ would be 
an unspeakable tragedy. We read in 
Holy Writ that as a result of the mis- 
sionary ministry of the apostle Paul, 
"ye turned to God from idols to serve 
the living and true God; and to wait 
for his Son from heaven, whom he 
raised from the dead, even Jesus, which 
delivered us from the wrath to come." 

The reading of this pamphlet only 
confirms what we have previously 
learned from missionaries in India re- 
garding Dr. Jones' ministry. In one 
community, for instance, after com- 



pleting a special series of meetings, or 
"mission," a number of the interested 
natives said to the local missionary, 
"We like Dr. Jones, for he would wel- 
come us to the Christian fold without 
insisting upon giving up our Hindu- 
ism." — Moody Monthly 



PURGATORY— WHEN AND WHERE 

Catholics believe rightly that there 
must be a purgatory. And every Prot- 
estant, who is at all acquainted with 
God's ways with men, must believe the 
same thing. If men are to be freed 
from their sins, those sins must be 
purged away by the judgment of God. 
All must agree that the purgation of 
sins is in God's great plan of redemp- 
tion, and is essential for the salvation 
of men. We cannot disagree vidth our: 
Catholic friends on this point, which 
forms one of the cardinal doctrines of 
the Christian faith. 

But the matter of greatest impor- ■ 
tance is to discover from the Sacred 
Writings, whether this purgatory, in 
which, or by which, man must suffer 
for sins, until the justice of God is sat- 
isfied, is already past and accomplished, 
or whether it must be endured some- 
time in the future by believers after 
they have passed on into the eternal 
world. Or, in other words, when and 
where does purgatory take place ? 

Upon the Testimony of God, which 
is the only foundation for the convic- 
tion and confidence of faith, we de- 
clare to all the glad gospel news that 
there is, and can be, but one purgatory,] 
and that that purgatory is past for-i 
ever to the glory of God. That it was 
endured by one Man alone, not for His 
own sins, but for the sins of others, 
even sinners, and that that Man wasi 
none other than our Lord and Savior 
Jesus Christ. To satisfy the justice of 
God, and to vindicate the righteousness 
of God, Jesus the Son of God must 
needs be judged for our sins that the 
sinner, who believes in Jesus in his' 
heart and confesses Him as Lord, might 
go free, that he might go free forever, 
and never, no, never come into judgment 
before God, nor suffer the torments of i 
His wrath. (See Catholic New Testa- 1 
ment, John 3:16-18, 36, 5:24, Rom. 10: 
8-13). 

Moreover, the only purgatory we have 
ever discovered, after many years of 
familiarity with the Scriptures, is to 
be found in Hebrews 1 :3, where we 
read, "When He had by Himself purged 
our sins (or made purgation of our 
sins) He sat down on the right hand of 
the Majesty on high." Jesus bore the 
judgment due our sins on the Cross, and 
He purged them away by the Blood of 
His Cross. He perfectly satisfied the 
justice of God, and glorified the right- 
eousness of God, in respect to our sins, 
by bearing the judgment of God. After 
having done this. He sat down on the 
right hand of God, thus proving that 
redemption's work was fully and per- 
fectly accomplished, and that purgatory 



\ebruary 6, 1937 



17 



as forever past for him that believeth 
. Jesus and His shed blood that cleans- 
,h us from all sin (See Rom. 3:23-26. 
John 1:7) "But this Man (blessed be 
is Holy Name forever) after He had 
ffered one sacrifice for sins forever, 
jit down on the right hand of God" 
3eb. 10:12). Just one sacrifice, and 
lat forever, and that for you and me, 
y reader. Oh, think of it, believe it, re- 
iice in it, and thank God for it. 
Now, if we attempt to repeat that 
le sacrifice, or that one purgatory, 
hat, in God's sight, are we doing? We 
•e slighting, and doing violence, to the 
le perfect, sacrificial, eternally cleans- 
g work of our only Savior Jesus 
iirist. We are denying the work and 
orth of the Cross, and we are still in 
1 unbelieving state of heart. More- 
'er, if we are looking forward to a 
iture, second purgatory, we cannot 
^ve present, settled peace with God, 
[id it is impossible for us to enjoy His 
(•esent, full, and eternal salvation. In 
'.her words, our conscience remains un- 
irged, and we are anxious and miser- 
i)le, when our conscience becomes ex- 
fcised, "Because the worshipers onca 
(irged should have no more conscience 
' sins" (Heb. 10:2). And it is "tho 
itrance of God's words" into our hearts 
:at "giveth Light" concerning these 
atters, so that we should not go on in 
ir darkness, and ignorance of God's 
ill, to our own utter and eternal de- 
iruction (Ps. 119:130). 
j The Cross, and that alone, is the be- 
ever's purgatory, and it is God's pur- 
ptory. It was there that Jesus took my 
jilty place, and purged my guilt away, 
id God put His seal of justification 
3on that perfect work by raising Him 

Iom among the dead, and seating Him 
His own right hand in heavenly 
ory. 

I "Jesus to purge away my guilt, 
i A willing victim fell, 
!nd on His Cross triumphant broke 
j The bands of death and hell." 

— G. B. E. 
In tract form at Tract Depot, 220 S. 
•d St., Philadelphia, Pa. 



Pastors ! 

Do your people have a copy 

-of— 

THE HANDBOOK OF 

MISSIONARY FACTS 

furnished free by The For- 
eign Board. If not, tell us 
how many you can use to 
advantage. 

LOUIS S. BAUMAN 

1925 E. 5th St., Long Beach, 

Calif. 




NEWS FROM 

THE FIELD 




RITTMAN, OHIO 

As we enter the new year we will try 
to give those of our friends interested 
in our work a glimpse into the program 
of our church. We have experienced the 
pleasant and the unpleasant, but as we 
look back we praise our heavenly Fa- 
ther for the fonner and from the later 
we were again made to realize that "all 
things work together for good" and that 
He hears and answers the prayers of 
His people. 

It has been a pleasure learning to 
know and fellowship with our new pas- 
tor. Rev. L. L. Grubb, now a student 
at our Seminary in Ashland. His con- 
secrated life of service is a living testi- 
mony and example to us. Such a life, 
used of the Lord, does certainly bring 
forth fruit. Results are evident in every 
department of the church. The young 
people's class in the Sunday School has 
grown wonderfully during the time Rev. 
Grubb has been its teacher. Attendance 
in the Sunday School has been grow- 
ing. A splendid group of young people 
meet every Sunday night for Christian 
Endeavor. The Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha is really growing in number and 
in spirit. Miss Eula Blatter is its cap- 
able leader. The object lesson on Sun- 
day night by the pastor has been, a real 
help in winning the children for the 
church. We believe the many young peo- 
ple and children within our reach have 
found a leader who takes a keen inter- 
est in them and whom they in turn, love 
and respect. 

About the first of October we began 
to prepare and plan for our evangelistic 
campaign which started the middle of 
the month. Special pre-prayer services 
were held, tracts accompanied by in- 
vitations to the services were passed 
out by the Women's Missionary So- 
ciety to every home in toviTi. 

The meetings were held by Rev. V. 
D. Gnibb, pastor of the Juniata Bible 
Church, Juniata, Pa., father of our own 
pastor. He is a very capable teacher 
of the Bible, having spent many years 
studying and teaching it. These great 
truths of the scriptures he shared with 
us in a most forceful manner. The un- 
saved were made to see their condition 
and many accepted Christ. How we re- 
joiced to see the number of young peo- 
ple who, during these services and all 
during the year, have been reconse- 
crated and are willing to be used more 
definitely in Christian service. During 
the year, twenty-seven have been added 
to the church. 

In connection with these meetings we 
wish to express our appreciation for the 



way the neighboring churches came in 
and helped. Especially do we thank 
Ellet, Sterling and the Ashland City 
Mission. They helped in the attendance 
and in supplying special music. Other 
special music was furnished by young 
people from the community and the lo- 
cal choir under the direction of the pas- 
tor. 

Following these meetings Holy Com- 
munion and Love Feast were observed 
when a larger number partook than at 
any previous time. 

Last summer our pastor asked that 
the church make its spiritual and fi- 
nancial condition a matter of definite 
prayer. Not all our prayers have been 
answered as yet but we continue to 
pray and desire an interest in your 
prayers. Some of the spiritual bless- 
ings we have enjoyed at His hand have 
already been given. We vnll now mere- 
ly mention how He has blessed finan- 
cially. The church treasury is in a 
splendid condition; the Home Mission 
Offering doubled itself over the past 
year as also had the Foreign Mission 
offering taken last Easter; the church 
has declared itself self supporting and 
no longer receives support from the 
Home Mission Board; and as a climax 
the financial secretary reports a much 
larger income during the past quarter, 
an income which exceeds any previous 
quarter. 

For these blessings we praise our 
Father and continue to look ahead be- 
lieving He has still more in store for 
us if we keep in the center of His 
will. — Mrs. C. A. Moine, Cor. Sec'y. 



NEW MISSIONARY HOME 
(Continued from page H-) 
they gave." Marguerite and I thank 
you, one and all, at this opportunity. 
Marguerite is soon to embrace another 
opportunity to thank you under her own 
name. Once we had a home in France, 
but never until now have we had a home 
together in America. Yet we have had 
countless homes and endless hospi- 
tality as you have shared your homes 
with us. But now you have done some- 
thing better, sweeter, greater, you have 
given your missionaries on furlough 
their own, home. We shall still circul- 
ate among you; we shall still share 
your unchanging hospitality, and look 
forward to doing so none the less, as 
God shall lead and guide various indi- 
viduals among us into your midst. But 
just because we are so human, just be- 
cause, though birds of flight, we mis- 
sionaries too, love a nest, We thank 
you for the mission home. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



W. I. DUKER 

Prciident 
Goshen, Ind. 

E. U MILLER 
Vice Preiident 
Maurertown, Va. 



NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL 

ASSOCIATION 

G. H. JONES 
Editor for February 



LEATHERMAN 
ral Secretary 



M. A. STUCKEY 



LEADERSHIP: A BIRTHRIGHT OR 

AN ACQUISITION? 

By G. H. Jones 

Gregarious humanity needs leader- 
ship, whether chieftains, or kings, or 
presidents. It must have its aims and 
its ideals personalized. God has always 
worked through such agencies, imper- 
fect and unreliable as they have often 
been. We change the forms of selection, 
but the idea remains the same — a com- 
munity of interest expressing itself in a 
person as a burden bearer for the rest 
of us. In democracies like our own we 
set limitations, but often make excep- 
tions to the rule and develop dictator- 
ships. Whether we do this or not we 
learn the habit, we Anglo-Saxons, of 
obeying constituted authority. W e 
recognize the need and are frequently 
mistaken, of following obediently the 
dictation of our leaders. But our human 
leadership is not always as great as the 
cause which lifted them into place. Hu- 
man leadei'ship becomes truly great only 
as it rises in self-denial and perfect fair- 
ness to reflect the noblest purposes of 
a great people. And a people are only 
great as they are righteous. Unless that 
righteousness becomes the dominant 
spirit back of every national purpose, 
nations forget God. No party or group 
made up of parties can long maintain a 
high type of leadership, unless the spir- 
it which permeates their councils is a 
righteous one. And by righteous we 
mean Christian. There is no righteous- 
ness in humanity except in the trans- 
forming faith of Jesus Christ's regen- 
eration. 

The leadership of a cause will either 
make it a success or a failure. Great 
causes produce great leaders. How- 
ever, minor causes, movements, or or- 
ganizations must be manned by leaders 
or there will be no progress. Leader- 
ship is not always dependent upon great 
causes for great challenges although 
leadership is often developed that way. 
Small enterprises must have adequate 
leadership to succeed no matter how 
small they may be. Unfortunately our 
eyes are prone to recognize only out- 
standing talented leaders. Lieutenants 
or secondary leadership, is as vital to 
the success of an enterprise, great or 
small, as is executive ability of major 
quality. The failure to recognize this is 
one of the errors of human judgment as 
it relates to the success or failure of a 
cause. How often we have noticed the 
breakdown of a talented leader whose 
physician ordered a complete rest be- 
cause the nerves broke down under the 
strain of one man attempting to do the 
work of ten, when ten men managed by 



a lieutenant or assistant, would have 
prevented the wreck. 

Owen D. Young, addressing a school 
of budding leaders, had this to say," 
"There is an excellent reason why the 
average trained man never becomes a 
leader. It is this — he is unwilling to 
pay the price of responsibility. By say- 
ing 'the price of responsibility' I mean, 
the determination to work hard and 
then make everything subordinate it- 
self to his job. More broadly speaking 
we point out the courage to make de- 
cisions, the gift to fight a gruelling 
battle, the self-scourging honesty and 
bluntness of never fooling yourself to 
tickle your vanity." 

Leaders travel the road of leadership 
heavily laden. They see further than 
the quitting hour. They preserve a self 
respect that doesn't cravenly court the 
favor of every foreman. They do their 
bit honestly and so have no fear of 
displacement by a better fellow work- 
man. Laboriously they are extending 
mental horizons as they mechanically 
develop skill and efficiency with hand, 
foot, and body. "Any new effort," the 
psychologist says, "wears a new groove 
in the mind." And the grooves that 
lead in the direction of superior think- 
ing are those made in hours of addi- 
tional thinking when the "midnight oil" 
is burned. Intellectual frontiers are ex- 
tended farthest when the mind has a 
chance to explore after the skilled hands 
have given a directional impulse. 

We are obsessed by a falsehood 
"Leaders are bom, not made." There 
are no doubt many cases in which it 
is true a man is a bom leader. But 
fortunately for the race, leadership in 
the vast majority of cases, has been ac- 
quired. Through the night, by grinding 
application, in spite of handicaps, and 
often burdened by an inferiority com- 
plex, men have risen to heights of in- 
fluence and commanding authority, who 
exhibit but little "bom ability." 

Leadership is the hope of the race. 
Leadership is the bone of the race. We 
have good leaders and bad. Leaders of 
great idealism. Leaders of brawn, de- 
pending upon a fortunate birth of large 
physical bodies. Leaders whose char- 
acters are dependable. 

What is leadership ? Is it putting one- 
self in the way of a marching group ? 
Is it cultivating the mind in such a 
way as to pioneer in the realm of some 
human need ? Is it developing skill, 
accumulating advance knowledge, ex- 
ploring new fields, or being elected to 
the directional position of an adminis- 
trator? Perhaps it is any one of these 
when considered from a particulai- point 



of view. The leadership in any field 
may be effective for the purpose in 
mind, but when considered from tht 
viewpoint of posterity, only the leader- 
ship that advances the physical, moral, 
mental, and spiritual progress of our 
fellow men is of lasting value. Every ' 
age, every community and every organ- j 
ization needs a fourfold vision to make 
the right selection if intelligent under- 
standing is to support and inspire men, 

Leaders with tainted minds, with self- 
ish motives and unstable characters, 
are all too common. Strange and sad 
too that people are just as ready to fol- , 
low bad as good, for only too often ! 
short time benefits are valued to such 
an extent that long distance blessing 
become hazy and men are more ready 
to sacrifice the future for the present, 
provided their wants are pressing, than 
to deny themselves for safer and saner 
things that have to be earned and ma- 
tured. 

Few leaders in the past made their 
example measure up to their privileges. 
But one Wasliington in a thousand 
equally talented men! One Lincoln in a 
generation, willing to pay the price of I 
waiting and preparing! What a great || 
advance has been made when we dis- 
cover that an accepted standard of be- 
havior applies, even if men do not live 
up to it, by which a man is measured 
by his conduct. So long as this ideay. is 
rooted in American youth, so long will 
there be hope and possibilities. A great 
thinker has this to say, "If you wish 
leadership in any realm, if you desire >; 
to do even the simplest things better,! 
in order that you may be of more value i 
to yourself and others, then like Edi-l' 
son, or Carnegie, or Moody, you must 
pay the price." How few of us realize- 
the hours of work these men labored 
out of the twenty-four in a day. They 
proved that genius, another word for 
leadership, is "nine parts perspiration, 
to one part inspiration." 

Never was leadership of the right 
kind needed more than today. An age; 
of confusion needs clear thinking. The, 
first test of leadersliip is to think clear- 
ly, not to be diverted by minor expedi- 
ents from major objectives. This is parti 
of our clear thinking. Unworthy self- 1 
seeking leaders, frequently take ad- 1 
vantage of this common weakness 
among the rank and file, to becloud is- 
sues and divert by subterfuge, or per- 
sonal attack, the attention of those in- i 
terested, thereby saving themselves 
from giving an account or prevent being i 
ousted from coveted places. Motives are ' 
impugned and mistakes magnified, by ; 
unfit leadership, in the endeavor to save ' 
themselves from exposure or censure. ' 
Many a promising leader has been i 
"framed" by unprincipled leaders afraid ( 
of displacement. 

The leader whose purpose is worthy ) 
and who sticks grimly to it, and who i 
makes every happening contribute to < 
the one thing persistently adhered to, ' 
has had born in them the first qualifi- 
cation of the born leader i. e. a goal 
at which to arrive. To know where he 



Febmarij 6, 1937 

is going even if not certain of the way, 
is the dure not alone of an individual 
who is fit to lead, but is the foundation 
jf all progress. Leaders with tainted 
minds, with selfish hearts, and un- 
stable characters are all too common. 
'And strange and sad though it be, we 
find most people just as ready to fol- 
low bad leadership as to follow good. 
"Some among us think even that people 
nore readily follow wrong leaders than 
dght. 

Leaders with a purpose, but leaders 
^th a reputation for decent convic- 
;ions and high ethical practices are the 
)nly safe ones. Too many leaders are 
iccepted upon their own noisy recom- 
mendations, rather than their back- 
ground of thorough preparation and 
•eputable performance. Then too, lead- 
?rship must be tolerant of minor dif- 
'ereiices so long as major objectives 



are not beclouded. To the follower of 
Jesus, Christian faith and practices, are 
the first essentials to consider. Add- 
ing to the confusion of youth today is 
the too common spectacle of correct 
doctrinal beliefs and bad ethical prac- 
tices. 

Leadership, uplifting leadership, 
Christian leadership, is not a gift, born 
with a man, but an acquisition. Some- 
thing develops through decisions clear- 
ly thought out and conduct far above re- 
proach. Are we able to supply it when 
the neighborhood in which we live is in 
need of it? Most of us want to think 
right and follow the right leaders, but 
most of us are too lazy to think 
through, when we find it easier to ac- 
cept half-baked editorials, or partisan 
prejudices, and join the mob move in- 
fluenced by popular emotions than rea- 
son. 



Christian Endeavor Department 

MISS MILDRED FURRY, News Editor 
626 Somerset St., Johnstown, Pa. 

REV. L. E. LINDOWER, C. E. Topic Editor 
120 N. Bronson St., Warsaw, Ind. 



TOPIC FOR FEBRUARY 21, 1937 

"WHAT THE WRITERS OF THE 

NEW TESTAMENT SAID ABOUT 

INSPIRATION" 

Hebrews 1:1-14 

BY L. E. LINDOWER 

Sub Topics 

1. The writers of the Old Testament 
vere led of God to write the Scriptures. 
I Pet. 1:21; II Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:1-2. 

2. The gospels are the inspired record 
if the Savior. John 14:26. 

3. The gospel of grace, revealing the 
hurch as Christ's body, was given by 
■evelation. Gal. 1:11-12; II Pet. 3:15- 
6. 

4. Revelation came in the same way. 
lev. 1:1-2. 

Order of Servic<! 

1. Songs, "Let the Lower Lights be 
burning," and "In my Heart there 
lings a Melody." 

2. Scripture reading, Hebrews 1 :1-14. 

3. Prayer (that we may have greater 
inderstanding of God's Word and be 
)repared to teach it to others). 

4. Song, "Eye Hath not Seen." 

5. Leader's talk. 

6. Short talks on Sub topics. 

7. Special music. 

8. "Revelation" explained. 

9. "Inspiration" explained. 

10. "Illumination" explained. 

11. Questions and discussion. 

12. Song, "I Love to Tell the Story." 

13. Benediction. 

(We will change the nature of our 
>utUne somewhat this time and con- 
lider three words of great importance 



to Christianity. They are:— REVELA- 
TION, INSPIRATION, and ILLUMIN- 
ATION. 

Revelation 
The Bible is a divine revelation. What 
we mean by this is that it is God's 
communication to man, concerning Him- 
self. Revelation is the name of one of 
the Bible books, but we are thinking of 
it as a term relative to the whole Bi- 
ble. Since we believe in a God who loves 
and cares for man, we believe that He 
would want to reveal Himself to man. 
Since we believe that He is omniscient 
(all-knowing) and omnipotent (all- 
powerful), it is possible for Him to re- 
veal Himself thus. It is not possible 
to learn enough about God from nature. 
All we can learn about God from nature 
is His power and deity (Rom. 1:20). 
Therefore it is necessary for Him to re- 
veal Himself further. He has done this 
through His Only Begotten Son, who 
was a living revelation of God to men; 
He has also revealed Himself through 
the written revelation, the Scriptures. 
Revelation is God's giving of truth 
which was not known before, or which 
cannot be known by ourselves. 

Inspiration 

Inspiration is the method God uses 
of giving His revelation to men. It may 
be defined as that operation of the di- 
vine Spirit by which the writers of 
Scripture were rendered infallible in 
the communication of truth. We will 
mention three wrong theories about in- 
spiration: — (1) The Intuition theory or 
Natural Inspiration. This theory ex- 



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plains inspiration as merely a higher 
development of the knowledge of truth 
which all men possess naturally. Thus 
the inspiration of the Bible would be no 
different than that of the works of Mil- 
ton, Shakespeare, Mohamet, or Con- 
fucius. This may be the popular con- 
ception of inspiration but not the Bibli- 
cal. Inspiration in the Bible is literally, 
"God-breathed" (II Tim. 3:16). Man's 
natural insight can never give us the 
tnith about God, for man is subject to 
mistakes and sin. (I Cor. 2:10-11). 
Natural inspiration really denies the 
existence of a personal God, for if God 
is a person, He must surely speak. If 
the voice of God to man is no more than 
his developed insight into tnith, then 
there is no God except man himself. 

(2) The Illumination Theory, or Uni- 
versal Christian Inspiration. This the- 
ory believes only that the Spirit gave 
the writers full understanding of knowl- 
edge which they already had. It is the 
theory that says that the Bible contains 
the Word of God, but not all of it is 
the Word of God. Now if the Bible con- 
tains the Word of God, where is it? 
Which words are wrong and which are 
right? If that is our Bible, then we 
have no Bible, for it will be different 
for every person, and who is competent 
to pick out the words of God and the 
words of men? But inspiration deals 
with tnath which men did not previously 
know. 

(3) The Dictation Theory or Mechan- 
ical Inspiration. While this theory rec- 
ognizes that every word of the Scripture 
was given by God, yet it would make 
the writers merely machines or dicta- 
phones. If this were so, every book of 
the Bible would be written alike. There 
would be no distinction in the style and 
character of the different writers, a 
truth which we must recognize. The 
writings of Paul differ from those of 
Peter, James, or Mark. This theory is 
not satisfactory in describing the oper- 
ation fo the Holy Spirit in inspiration. 

The true view, or Biblical conception 
of inspiration is the Verbal, Plenary,, 
or Full Inspiration. This opposes the 
concept, or thought theory, that not 
words, but thoughts were inspired. You 
cannot impart thoughts without the ex- 
act, words to express them. Every word 
is "God-breathed." This view recognizes 
that the Holy Spirit used the writers as 
yielded channels for His message. His 
words flowed through their personal- 
ities, but without permitting the human 
weaknesses, sins, or mistakes therein to 
cling to the message. Their choice of 
words was directed by the Holy Spirit. 
At the same time, they were imperfect 
men, and same as we. Inspiration ren- 
ders the message infallible, but not 
necessarily the messenger. 

Illumination 

Revelation is the truth which God 
gives to man regarding Himself; Inspir- 
ation is the method of communicating 
the tnith; Illumination is the work of 
the Holy Spirit in giving the readers or 



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hearers understanding of the truth giv- 
en. (Compare I Cor. 2:12-16). You and 
I should pray for the illumination of 
the Spirit in studying our Bibles, that 
we might understand it. The preacher 
is not inspired in preparing and deliv- 
ering his sernion, if he preaches the 
Word. The Spirit illuminates his mind 
and spirit for it. "What light is to the 
eyes, illumination is to the mind." (See 
also Luke 24:32, 45). 

Practical Points 

In the reading of our Bibles, the im- 
portant point is not how much terri- 
tory, books, chapters and verses we 
cover, but how much we learn from our 
reading. One verse at a time is enough 
if we permit the Holy Spirit to bring 
some helpful truth home to our lives. 
This may take more time in meditation 
and prayer than that consumed in read- 
ing a lengthy chapter or book. 

(Topics prepared and copyrighted by 
Christian Publications, Inc.) 



BETTER MEETINGS FOR THE 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETY 

By Harry Thomas Stock 

Wherever young people's societies 
exist and hold devotional meetings, 
there is a continuous desire to under- 
stand the pui-poses, principles and meth- 
ods whereby those meetings may ac- 
complish their best results. 

This book, written with understand- 
ing and insight by one of the most ex- 
perienced leaders of young people, goes 
far toward overcoming the difficulties 
sometimes encountered and clearly sets 
forth the valuable points which make 
for success. 

Dr. Stock has summoned and used the 
results of years of wide observation 
and personal contacts with young peo- 
ple. He knows well the things which 
appeal to and help them, and writes his 
descriptions in the language of youth. 

These eight chapter headings will 
give an idea of the contents of the 
book: 1. Purposes and Principles for 
Young People's Meetings; 2. Choosing 
and Developing Subjects for the Meet- 
ings; 3. Discussional Types of Meet- 
ings; 4. Meetings of Worship and Ap- 
preciation; 5. Using Literary Resources 
in Meetings; 6. Planned Worship in 
Young People's Meetings; 7. The Spir- 
it and Setting of the Meetings; 8. A 
Question Box on Young People's Meet- 
ings. 



According to the report from the 
Christian Endeavor society at Berlin, 
Penn.sylvania, this book has been very 
helpful in the improvement of the meet- 
ings. The cost of the book is seventy- 
five cents and it may be secured from 
Joseph W. Giedaisch, 4626 Castor Ave- 
nue, Philadelphia, Pa., or other C. E. 
literature sources. 



world are celebrating the fifty-sixth an- 
niversary of this great Christian organ- 
ization of youth with "Meeting the 
Needs of Youth" as their theme. Start- 
ing on the first Sunday with the theme, 
"Meeting Needs in our church" and 
progressing with emphasis on evangel- 
ism for three days, the week's program 
also gives a place to the importance of 
a Christian home. Christian recreation, 
fellowship, good literature, and finally 
the need for survey of local conditions 
as effecting children and young people. 

When we celebrate the birthday of 
Christian Endeavor, our thoughts nat- 
urally turn to its founders; to Mother 
"Endeavor" Clark who is still an ardent 
Christian Endeavorer with deep, abid- 
ing faith in her Lord and to her hus- 
band, Francis E. Clark, whose words 
and influence still live on. The follow- 
ing are some "Timely Thoughts for To- 
day's Youth" from the pen of Dr. Clark: 

"Better let the mind be empty than 
fill it with seeds which will inevitably 
produce an abundant crop of disease 
and death." 

"Our covenant — a definite way of do- 
ing definite things at a particular time 
for Jesus' sake." 

"The Christian Endeavor Society is 
not a 'sprinter' that can make a hun- 
dred-yard dash and beat out all com- 
petitors; it is a steady-going, summer- 
and-winter, day-in-and-day-out society. 
It was established for constant service, 
not for a spurt, not for a few extra 
galvanic twitches of life once in a 
while. The test of any society is not 
what it does once in a great while, but 
what it does fifty-two weeks of the 
year." 

"Keep healthy bodies, steady nerves. 



The Brethren Evangelist 

and sensitive consciences, and never b( 
afraid of being too devoted or too re 
ligious. The danger is all the othei 
way." 

"There is a busyness which is nol 
business. There is an activity which is 
the veriest idleness, and that is thi 
kind of idleness I most fear for you." 

"I beg you in Christ's name to hold 
always to the fundamental principles of 
Christian Endeavor: — provide personal 
devotions, pledged loyalty to Christ and 
to the church to which you belong, 
pledged acknowledgement of Jesus 
Christ in the weekly meetings, pledged 
sei-vice for Christ and our fellow-men 
in every suitable form of activity, and 
fellowship with all who love the Lord 
Jesus Christ." 



THE MISSIONARY— DISEASE 
AND DEATH 

(Continued from page 10) 
we have called "gastritis" are probably 
due to intestinal parasites, but we have 
neither the proper medicine to treat 
such cases nor the microscopic equip- 
ment to diagnose such cases. Neither 
does either of us have the proper train- 
ing for such diagnostic work. After 
all, we are neither doctors nor techni- 
cians. I've sometimes wondered why the 
burden of this type of medical work 
falls in the realm of a doctor's work. 
A nurse could give assistance, but be- 
lieve me, we wish for a doctor's knowl- 
edge when some of the very sick peo- 
ple are carried to us and we don't know 
how to diagnose the case, let alone pre- 
scribe. More than one prayer has as- 
cended that the Lord would undertake 
for the patient, for we were helpless as 
far as our intelligence was concerned. 



This week, January 31 to Febraary 
7th, Christian lEndeavorers all over the 



AND THE NEXT DAY THE BANKS WILL 
BE CLOSED 
In many states Washington's Birthday, Febniary 22nd, 
is a holiday and the banks will be closed. Even if you are 
fortunate enough to have money deposited in one of them, 
you cannot get it out on that day. 
BUT 
On Sunday, February 21st, you will have an opportunity 
to make a deposit in a fund that will make it possible for 
you to draw a check on good will and happiness every day 
in the year and rest assured that it will be paid. 

What is this fund? What is it that wiU give you happi- 
ness every day for having madj5 a contribution? 
HERE IS THE ANSWER 
The Brethren's Home and Superannuated Ministers' 
Fund — both of which are worthy causes. 

The offering for these funds will be taken on Febiniary 
21st, 

Read carefully the pages of the next issue of the EVAN- 
GELIST that are devoted to the interests of the Brethren's 
Home and Benevolence Board, They will be found immed- 
iately following the regular Evangelist material and just 
preceeding the OUTLOOK division of the magazine, 
THANK YOU! 



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Vol. LIX, No. 7 



W. S. Beiishoff Feh, ^7 

306 College Ave, 
ABhland, OMo 



February 13, 1937 



The BRETHREN 

EVANGELI 




WOMAN'S OUTLOOK NUMBER 




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WILLINGLY Yielded, 

My kingdom, for thee, 
The so?ig.s of archangels — 

To hang on the tree. 
In pain and tenvptation, 

In anguish and shame, 
I paid thy full ransom; 

My purchase I claim. 

"Go work in My vineyard;" 

Oh, work while 'tis day! 
The bright hours of sunshine, 

Are hastening away, 
And night's gloomy shadows, 

Are gathering fast; 
Then the time for your labor 

Shall ever be past. 

Begin in the morning, 

And toil all the day; 
Thy strength I'll supply, 

And thy wages I'll pay; 
Arul blessed, thrice blessed, 

Tlie diligent few 
Who'll finish the labor, 

I've given them to do. 

— Selected. 




THIS ISSUE 

We have done the best that we could to include in 
this issue articles relative to two important branches 
of the work of our church. The one is the Christian 
Endeavor and the other is the Brethren Board of 
Benevolences. The Woman's Outlook editor, Mrs. F. 
C. Vanator has kindly given four pages of that sec- 
tion, other departments have been completely omitted 
and the editor has turned the editorial section over 
to the special articles appearing this week. 

THE CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

Brother Robert Crees, president of the National 
Christian Endeavor Union of the Brethren Church 
is largely responsible for the present forward move- 
ment of Christian Endeavor in our church. Brother 
Crees is not only a worker, but he is a student of the 
Word of God and a fine preacher. His work is not 
simply a matter of methods which characterizes so 
many C. E. movements in the various state organiza- 
tions. His great desire is to see the power of the 
living Christ revealed in our young people's groups 
everywhere. 

THE BENEVOLENT FUND 

Brother F. C. Vanator is largely responsible for 
the renewed enthusiasm for the two interests under 
the Benevolent board. He has worked untiringly to 
arouse an interest in the important work of this 
board. He well knows that it is easy to neglect these 
two important phases of our denominational work. 
We trust that our people will most kindly respond 
to the appeals which are being made in this issue of 
the magazine for The Brethren Home and the sup- 
port of our superannuated ministers. It should be 
remembered that although Brother Vanator is the 
Acting President of the Benevolent Board, Dr. Mar- 
tin W. Shively is the Honorary President. 



IN THIS NUMBER 



Why we Need to Support our Brethren National 

C. E. Union— R. D. Crees 3 

The Jew First: Are we Ready to Meet This Challenge? 

F. W. Shirey 4 

How Can we Intermediates be the Church of 

Tomorrow ? — Donald Carter 5 

How Can our Christian Endeavor Societies Help our 

National Union ? — Mildred Deitz 6 

Why we Need News from Societies — Mildred Furry 6 

Society Goals for 1936-1937 7 

How Baltimore Appreciates the New Organ — 

Norman H. Uphouse 8 

Helping our Brethren Camps — Tom Hammers 8 

What the C. E. May Expect with the New Topics — 

L. E. Lindower 9 

Why our Societies are Ready to Support the National 

Union— A. H. Kent 9 

Regular Christian Endeavor Department 10 

Our Benevolences 11-16 

W. M. S. Program Material for March 17-23 

Signal Lights Program for March 24 

W. M. S. Information 25, 26 

Easter in Oubangui-Chari — Dr. Florence N. Gribble 27 

Senior S. M. M. Program for March 23 

Junior S. M. M. Program for March 31 

S. M. M. Information 33-36 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

is the official organ of The Brethren Church, and is published 
weekly by the Brethren Publishing Co., 324 Orange St., 
Ashland, Ohio. Chas. W. Mayes, editor. Subscription price 
$2.00 a year. 

Entered as second class matter at Ashland, Ohio. Ac- 
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FEBRUARY IS CHRISTIAN ENDEAVORERS' BIRTHDAY MONTH 

Our Brethren National Christian Endeavor Union can exist and function only as indi- 4 

vidual societies make it possible. For we do not have any assessments, dues, etc., to burden I* 

you with. We therefore ask that each society will gladly, cheerfully and heartily take up f 

a Christian Endeavor birthday offering sometime during the month of February and send v 

it in, that the good work which has been begun, may continue. NO, we are not asking your | 

society for all of this birthday offering (though that would certainly be acceptable and ap- i 

predated), but if every society will send in an offering all having a part will certainly make | 

this year the best in the history of our Union. % 

% 

Can we count on you, your society and societies ? .% 

Yours for a Christian Endeavor Day and Birthday Offering in February! % 



February 13, 1937 



CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR DEPARTMENT 

Special Section 



WHY WE NEED TO SUPPORT OUR BRETHREN 

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR UNION 
By Rev. R. D. Crees, President, Brethren National 
C. E. Union, Pastor, First Brethren Church, 
New Kensington, Pa. 
A wise banker will carefully investigate the or- 
ganization, institution, or project in which he is 
asked to place his money. He will not be fooled by 
high sounding titles and beautifully printed station- 
ery. His questions will be, "What assets has the or- 
ganization ? Who are the leaders ? What has been its 
record ? What purpose and program does it have for 
the future?" 

We ask you to apply this test to our Brethren C. 
E. Union. We feel sure your unbiased investigation 
of the things for which we stand will encourage you 
to support our organization. Jesus Christ needs your 




R. D. Crees, President National C. E. Union 

time, talent, and money. Why not give them to Him 
through Christian Endeavor? Are you really famil- 
iar with our purpose, program and projects? Will 
you — 

1. PRAY FOR OUR PURPOSE. 

Our motto well illustrates our purpos=; "Breth- 



ren Christian Endeavor, Bringing Church Extension, 
by Consecrated Evangelism." Our vision is mission- 
ary. Our desire is to put Christ first, others sec- 
ond, and ourselves third. We want to help Brethren 
young people to be better "Endeavorers" for Christ 
and the church. Will you pray for our purpose? 

A nineteen point goal sheet has been mailed to 
every society of which we have record. Every goal 
is worth reaching and can be reached. It presents 

2. PLAN FOR OUR PROGRAM 

a constructive program. Young people are tired of 
"Don'ts." Our suggestive program gives them some- 
thing tangeable to do. Besides this there is the C. 
E. News Department in the Evangelist every week, 
full of ideas from other societies. Beginning with 
Jan. 3rd, we have had our own C. E. lessons appear- 
ing in the Evangelist, lessons that bring one a thrill 
as the Bible itself is progressively unfolded. Letters 
are mailed to be read to each society monthly. C. E. 
courses in our summer camps are planned. Sectional 
and District C. E. Rallys are encouraged. Steropti- 
can slides are available explaining our work. Is not 
this a real program, worthy of your support? Will 
you plan for our program? 

3. PROVIDE FOR OUR PROJECTS 

This year we present a four-fold project to our 
young people. It is distinctly missionary and covers 
a diversified field. First, we have, "To the Jew 
First" — Jewish evangelization in America by means 
of tracts. Second, we are interested in Foreign Mis- 
sions — support of a missionary in Africa, Rev. Jacob 
Kliever. Third, we turn to Home Missions — purchase 
of a folding organ for use in Baltimore, Md., Rev. 
Norman Uphouse, pastor. Fourth, we want to sup- 
port Christian Endeavor teachers in every summer 
camp conducted this coming summer. All this costs 
money. The support of our foreign missionary alone 
will cost $350. We should have a thousand dollars 
or more from our Endeavorers this year to provide 
for these projects. Are they not worthy ? Will you do 
your part by sending your monthly contributions 
regularly to our secretary-treasurer. 

Can we count on you to — 

Plan For Our Program? 
Pray For Our Purpose? 
Provide For Our Projects? 



The Brethren Evangelist 



To The Jew First: Are We Ready To 
Meet This Challenge?^^ 

By Rev. Floyd Shirey, Citizenship Supt. Brethren 

National C. E. Union, Pastor, First Brethren 

Church, La Venie, Calif. 



God's great missionary program for this age is 
clearly stated in Matt. 28:19-20. There are no racial 
or national preferences mentioned. Our great com- 
mission from our risen, glorified, divine Lord is that 

the whole gospel is 
to be preached to 
the whole world. 
The Revised Ver- 
sion reads thus: "Go 
ye therefore, and 
make disciples of all 
the nations, baptiz- 
name of the Father, 
ing them into the 
and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Spirit: 
teaching them to 
observe all things 
whatsoever I have 
commanded you: 
and lo, I am with 
you always, even 
unto the end of the 

FLOYD SHIERY WOrld." 

During the Apostolic age, when the old dispensa- 
tion was closing and the church dispensation was 
enlarging and becoming more distinct, God's order 
was "to the Jew first." There was a good reason 
for this. The Jews are God's chosen people. God's 
only begotten Son is their Messiah, and He came to 
them to fulfill all the promises they had received 
from their God. In harmony with this our Lord Jesus 
Christ said "Salvation is of the Jews" John 4:22, and 
"I am not come but unto the lost sheep of the house 
of Israel" Matt. 15:24. 

Likewise the Apostle Paul declares "the gospel of 
Christ is the power of God unto salvation to every 
one that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the 
Greek." Rom. 1:16. A study of Paul's missionary 
work reveals that he followed this order everywhere 
he went. But over and over the Jews rejected his 
preaching, even to the extent of persecuting the 
preacher. Thus the book of Acts records at its close 
a statement made at least once before when the Jews 




rejected the gospel. I will quote Acts 28:27-28 and 
ask you to compare it with Acts 13:46-48. "For the 
heart of this people is waxed gi'oss, and their ears 
are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; 
lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with 
their ears, and understand with their heart, and 
should be converted, and I should heal them. Be it 
known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God 
is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear 
it." 

It is my firm conviction that the reason for preach- 
ing "to the Jew first" ceased to exist with the close 
of the great Apostle's testimony at Rome, and that 
from that day to this we are to preach the gospel of 
our Lord Jesus Christ to all men regardless of race 
or nationality. But we are not to turn to the other 
extreme and neglect Jewish evangelization. Let us 
be true to our commission and give the gospel to 
the Jews too. 

Thus the motto "to the Jews first" should remind 
us that since Israel nationally rejected their Messiah 
they still need Him individually. Let us meet this 
challenge by doing all that we can to further this 
great work. May the following Scriptural truths 
place that burden upon the heart of every reader. 

1. The Jews are lost and need salvation. Matt. 
15:24. 

2. The Lord Jesus Christ died for their sins. John 
10:11. 

3. They are God's chosen people. Psalm 33:12. 

4. They are our Lord's brethren according to the 
flesh. Heb. 2:17. 

5. God used them to give us His Word. Rom. 3:2. 

6. God is going to use them in a wonderful way in 
the future. Rom. 11:12. 



"My church must GROW, and GLOW and GO— 
and I must help make it so." 



By The Way — What kind of a church would my' 
church be, if every member was JUST LIKE ME? 



'ebruary 13, 1937 



It 



How Can We Intermediates Be the 
Church of Tomorrow?^^ 

By Rev. Donald Carter, Intermediate Supt. Brethren 

National C. E. Union, Pastor First Brethren 

Church, Glendale, Calif. 



The pastor's finest workers, yet undiscovered, the 
ihurch's mightiest leaders, yet untrained, God's 
ihoicest servants, yet unproven, these are Intenned- 
ates! Parents, ministers, and prominent church 
paders are saying that we Intermediates are to be 
[he church of tomorrow, that we are to carry on 
Ivhere they leave off. This is a truth that should 
•)um itself so deeply into the heart of every Inter- 
nediate in the Brethren Church that it will never 
;)e forgotten. Some day, if the Lord shall tarry, God 
m\\ choose those who are now doing their part in 
;heir societies to preach the gospel, teach the un- 
learned, direct the affairs of the church, and give 
iberally to its support. How then, can we Intermed- 
ates be the church of tomorrow ? 

Though we are told that we are someday to as- 
;3ume the place of leadership in tomorrow's church, 
it is hard td really believe that it is true. It is a long 
way from a girl of thirteen to a missionary in Af- 
ica, from a school boy to a minister, from play to 
fchurch government. Yet, God's plan makes the whole 
ping work out in its perfect order, in a wonderful 
yet simple manner. Now let us see how God can 
make the Intermediates of today the church of to- 
Imorrow. The secret is in the words of Jesus, for He 
said to His disciples : "Follow me." The disciples fol- 
lowed Him and became "Fishers of Men." God's 
jsecret is this: by following or serving the Lord to- 
Iday, H« will make of us the church of tomorrow. 
lit is God Who changes the heart and mind. It is God 
Who will transform Intermediate Christian Endeav- 
orers into competent leaders tomorrow. The answer 
to the word "How" in the title of this article is sim- 
ply this: FoUow Jesus. Then, whatever else is 
! needed, God will do it. 

Following Jesus, ever day by day. 

Nothing can harm me when He leads the way, 

Sunshine or shadow what e're befall, 

Jesus my Savior is my all in all. 

Now there are three parts to following Jesus and 
these three parts all must be observed before God 
can truly make that great change in heart and life 
and ability that is so necessary to be a true servant 
of His. To follow Jesus aright three things must be 
observed every day. They are: yielding, seeking, 
serving. 

1. Yielding. When Isaiah heard the call of God he 



simply said, "Here am I Lord, send me." He gave 
himself wholeheartedly to God, and God was able 
to use him. Even Jesus, our Lord, bent to the will 
of the Father for He said, "Not my will but Thine 
be done." God desires to build and train men and 
women according to His pattern. This He cannot do 
unless we submit ourselves to Him. From among the 
Intermediates of the Brethren Church God will raise 
up many missionaries and preachers and teachers. 
We can be those if we are ready to say simply to 
Him, "Lord, here is my life; take it and use it in 
whatever way You can." This is one method by 
which we Intermediates can become the church of 
tomoiTow. 

2. Seeking. The Bible says, "Seek ye first the 
Kingdom of heaven and all these things shall be 
added unto you." If we as Intermediates seek our 
Lord and His kingdom, then according to His prom- 
ise all other things shall be added. God's people look 
to Him and search His Word continually. Inter- 
mediates! They tell us that we are tomorrow's 
church. Then let us prepare for the place we are to 
hold by learning the great truths that He has re- 
vealed to us. Then automatically as we treasure up 
God's Word in our hearts He will work that miracle 
of growth in our lives and we shall be prepared to be 
the church of tomorrow. 

3. Serving. The third great necessity in following 
Jesus is in serving Him. As thankful children who 
have been redeemed from sin it is our privilege to 
perform any service possible. Here is another one of 
God's secrets : By serving our Lord today, God mir- 
aculously provides the training for tomorrow's work. 
The office of Christian Endeavor President or com- 
mittee chairman is the finest preparation for later 
work in the church. Leading the meeting, which to- 
day seems a hard, almost meaningless task, is God's 
method of preparing you to lead God's church in the 
days to come. Gleaning missionary facts for your 
society is perhaps God's way of preparing your heart 
for the call to missionary service that may someday 
be yours. "Looking out" for new members and mak- 

(Continucd on Page 10) 



How is this for a motto? "I am determined to 
run nobody down but the devil and nobody up but 
Christ." — Allan Pearce's Scrap Book. 



The Brethren Evangelist 



I A C. E. BIRTHDAY SERVICE IN YOUR SOCIETY— IN FEBRUARY I 

% Dear Pastors, Christian Endeavor Superintendents, | 

Y Presidents, Officers and Friends: t 

X For a few months our Brethren National Christian Endeavor Union officers have been % 

% sending monthly letters to you, endeavoring to stimulate our youth and its leadership to a 

X Christian Endeavor program worthy of our Brethren heritage. 

I* The response has been gratifying. Yet we feel that much more cooperation will make 

4 our national, as well as local work, more effective. 

% This past six months have been months of prayer and hope for greater interest in our 

X national work. Some pastors and societies have taken the work of your C. E. Union ser- 

X. iously and have been grateful in this forward move among our youth and have responded 

|; wonderfully. 

I*. One of our projects has already been wonderfully cared for — namely, the Organ for 

'^ our Baltimore Brethren Mission. After a challenge that was given to the Young Peoples 

♦| C. E. Society of our Washington, D. C. church, of which Rev. Homer A. Kent is pastor, they, 

♦|* in one weeks time gave an offering of $70 to purchase this fine portable folding organ. And 

•j* for this splendid response and cooperation, we want to say, Thank you ! 

X Others have sent in funds for the evangelization of the Jews in America by means of 

X the printed page. Many more will have part in this we are sure. Fulfilling the scriptural 

X command — "To the Jew first." 

f Easter, and Foreign Mission Offering will soon be with us. And I have faith to believe 

•j* that our Union, through the efforts of your society and others in our brotherhood will pro- 

f vide the full support of a foreign missionary — one of our own Christian Endeavorers — Rev. 

X Jacob Kliever, who with his wife and new baby is due to sail for Africa sometime this sum- 

1* mer. Who will have the honor of having part in this project and in the ministry of these 

X fine young people ? 

I Now we come to the fourth project. That of supplying Christian Endeavor Teachers in 

I* aur Brethren Summer Camps. Also for Christian Endeavor Promotional and extension work 

1^ such as we have been doing the past six months and desire to continue. Funds for this part 

f of our Union's program must also be cared for if we are to go forward. How can this be 

I* done? See special announcement on page 2 for our plan. 

HOW OUR CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR SOCIETY fering. Societies differ to such a large extent that ! 

CAN HELP OUR NATIONAL UNION what would prove to be successful in one society 

JUST NOW would not work out so well in another. 

By Miss Mildred Deitz, Secretary-Treasurer, We sometimes think that the help of one little so- 

Brethren National C. E. Union, Berlin, Pa. ciety in the Brotherhood does not amount to much, 

At the beginning of this new year a good resolu- but suppose all the C. E.'s felt the same way? What! 

tion for all Christian Endeavor Societies to make would happen then? Our society will pledge to the 

would be to resolve to cooperate more fully with the National Union their fullest cooperation and what i 

National Christian Endeavor Union. financial aid it is capable of giving them. We may 

At the present time our society, especially since not have a lot of money to give but we shall pray 

we have shown the pictures, is stressing very strong- that the Lord will guide the officers of the national I 

ly the four projects and the goals, as we wish to be union and that Christian Endeavor may grow in thei 

a banner society. Brethren Church this year as never before. _ 

We also are making our consecration meetings ft 



purely a devotional program, and so far it has prov- ^^^ ^^ ^^^^^ ^^ ^^^^ ^^^^^ CHRISTIAN) 

en to be very satisfactory. We always remmd the ENDEAVORERS FROM NORTH, EAST, 

members that we lift a special offering lor our WEST AND SOUTH 

national work at this time, and it is very gratifying ^ ,.. ■„ , 

the fine offering we receive for this first Sunday. ^^ ^Iss Mildred Funy, News Editor Brethren 

From now until the Foreign Missionary offering National C. E. Union, Johnstown, Pa. 

will be lifted at Easter, we shall make special ef- NEWS , 

forts to raise money for a real Foreign Mission of- Just as the hearts of the early Christians mustJ 



February 13, 1937 7 

t 
SOCIETY GOALS FOR THE YEAR 1936-1937 

1. Forty Christian Endeavor Meetings the year. 

2. Four Socials during the year. 

3. Four Missionary Meetings during tlie year. 

4. Quiet Hour Pledge Meting once a year. 

5. Tenth Legion Pledge Meeting once a year. 

6. Observation of the Brethren C. E. Program on C. E. Day in February. 

7. Presentation of some phase of the four-fold project of the Brethren C. E. Union at least 
once a month. 

8. A monthly financial pledge to be made for the support of the Brethren C. E. Projects, 
the record of said pledge to be sent immediately to the National Secretary-Treasurer, 
Mildred Deitz. 

9. An offering received towards the support of the National Projects at each Monthly Con- 
secrationi Meeting of the Society to raise the amount the Society has pledged, the full 
amount of the pledge to be sent monthly to the Secretary-Treasurer, Mildred Deitz, Ber- 
lin, Pa. 

10. Twenty-five per cent of members having access to the C. E. Topics and C. E. News on 
the C. E. Page of the "Brethren Evangelist." 

11. Delegate sent to National, District, or Sectional Brethren C. E. Convention, Confer- 
ence, Institute, or Rally. 

12. Delegate sent to a Brethren Summer Camp. 
18. An increase in membership during the year. 

14. A report of the local society activities through the C. E. Page of the "Brethren Evan- 
gelist" at least once a year. 

15. Statist'cal Blank filled out and returned to the National Secretary not later than July 
31, 1937. 

16. Conducting some devotional services outside of regular meetings, such as in jails, hos- 
pitals, old folks homes, etc. 

17. Definite attempt made to win unsaved Associate Members to Christ during the year. 

18. At least a monthly review of the C. E. News Column in the "Brethren Evangelist" by 
an appointed "Evangelist News Reporter." 

19. Prayers offered for the Local and National C. E. Officers. 
(POST THIS PAGE IN YOUR SOCIETY) 



have been gladdened by the greetings from other are finding joy in a whole hearted spiritual service. 
Christians which Paul's epistles brought them, so it Then, too, we need the "jogging up" process which 
does our hearts good to get news from Christian En- news from other societies gives us. Perhaps we have 
deavorers from all parts of the brotherhood. There been neglecting some part of our loc?.l or national 
is a real need, however, to break up some of the op- C. E. program and scarcely realize that we are doing 
pressive silence which has characterized some of so, until news from some society hundreds of miles 
our societies so far as the C. E. News column is away reminds us of it. On the other hand, faithful- 
concerned. Surely silence is not a natural state in ness deserves recognition and the members of a so- 
any Christian Endeavor group ! We need, first of ciety are often encouraged by some mention of their 
all, the inspiration which comes through h-earing of work ?long with that of other societies, 
the ways other Christian young people are serving Finally, Christian Endeavor should be a friendly 
their Master in Christian Endeavor. Some times we organization. Greetings from Endeavorers in the 
see our young people losing interest in spiritual Christian Endeavor columns of the Evangelist make 
things and drifting away from Christian Endeavor, us feel that we have countless friends who are pray- 
If we stop to analyze the situation, we may find that ing and working with us even though we do not know 
we have allowed ourselves to get into a rut, there is their names. So far, the farthest point toward the 
nothing attractive about our activities, or that there west from which we have received news is Fort 
is a lack of spiritual depth and we have little of real Scott, Kansas. Let us have news, lots of it, from 
value to offer. News from other societies often sug- North, East, West and South as Brethren young peo- 
gests how we may get out of our particular rut or pie everywhere unite in spreading the "good news" 
encourages us by showing that other Endeavorers of the gospel of Christ. 



8 



The Brethren Evangelist 



HOW THE BALTIMORE BRETHREN MISSION 

APPRECIATES THE CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

FOLDING ORGAN 

By Rev. Norman H. Uphouse, Pastor of Brethren 
Mission, Baltimore, Maiyland 

We want you to know that the Brethren in Balti- 
moi'e appi'eciate the substantial gift of the folding 
organ. At the very first we started with twelve peo- 
ple. There were six adults and six children. We met 

in the home of Bro. 
Walter Grimm but 
had no song books 
and no musical in- 
strument. Myers- 
dale Brethren gra- 
ciously gave us 
enough books t o 
use. Then with a 
pitch pipe we got 
along the best we 
could. 

It was with de- 
light that I learned 
of the developments 
of the project of a 
folding organ for us. 
At National Confer- 
ence the C. E. Board 
called me to one of 
the meetings and 
asked me what we 




Norman H. Uphouse 



wanted. I suggested to them a folding organ. During 
the evangelistic services at Washington, D. C, I 
heard Brother Polman ask those endeavorers to take 
up this project and they responded with the money 
to buy the organ. Next came a letter from Brother 
Polman informing me that the instrument was sent 
out of Chicago. Well ! you can, imagine how we sang 
when it came. The first night we met together we 
had a real rousing song service that lasted twice as 
long as any before. 

The organ was manufactured by the A. L. White 
Co., Chicago, 111. It is in a colonial case covered with 
walrus leatherette and has a pipe 
tone. There are 122 reeds or five 
full octaves. That makes it a grand 
little organ. 

We propose to use it for the 
Lord's work. At present we are 
holding a Thursday evening Bible 
Class. We have in mind to use it in 
the children's department of the Sunday School and 
also in meetings on the street as well as in prayer 
meetings in different homes. It would be very prac- 
tical at camps. 

Let us give to you our hearty thanks for the gift 
and rejoice in the Lord for it. 




New Organ 



"WHY OUR BRETHREN NATIONAL CHRISTIAN 

ENDEAVOR UNION IS ANXIOUS THAT WE 

MIGHT HELP IN THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S 

SUMMER CAMPS" 

By Rev. Tom Hammers, Stewardship Supt., Brethren 

National C. E. Union, Pastor, First Brethren 

Church, Cleveland, Ohio 

Summer training camps conducted by the Brethren 
churches throughout America have done much to 
awaken the spiritual life of the youth of our church- 
es. Aside from Christian Endeavor, no other organ- 
ized work among our young people has done so much 
to train for spiritual leadership. 

Yearly attendance increases and the almost yearly 
appearance of new camps in various parts of our 
brotherhood, are certain evidences of the increasing 
popularity of this fonn of training. This popularity 
is due in the main to the Biblical standards in things 
moral, spiritual, physical, and intellectual, upon 
which basis Brethren camps have been founded and 
conducted. Only upon such Christian principles of 
practice has it been possible to meet with victory, 
the tremendously difficult problem of a summer 
training camp populated at the same time by both 
boys and girls, young men and young women. That 
Brethren camps have successfully met this problem 
is well attested by many pastors and churches whose 
young people have been students in the camps. 

Nor have Brethren camps made a "pretext" of 
their high standards, or attempted to compete with 
the hundreds of "play camps" which dot our land 
every summer. As a consequence, only the finest 
type of young people have been in regular attend- 
ance. Their response to a Christ-centered program 
has been most gratifying. 

Surely the Lord has been glorified in these sum- 
mer camps. Souls have been won for Christ. Lives 
have been laid upon the altar for His service. Spirit- 
ual fires have been kindled and spiritual lives deep- 
ened. For the first time to many, Christ has become 
a living reality. 

Narrow, selfish interests have given way to an 
enlarged vision of the greater needs for evangeliza- 
tion at home and abroad. Many Brethren young peo- 
ple have come to realize that their opportunities for 
serving the Lord through the ever increasing min- 
istry of the Brethren denomination, are as great as 
anywhere in all the world. 

The Brethren National Christian Endeavor Union 
believes in the soundness and the necessity of the 
Brethren camp movement. For this reason they call 
upon every endeavorer to support through his or her 
prayers and contributions, the national project which 
will place a Brethren trained Christian Endeavor 
teacher in every one of our camps. 



Interest in the church grows with the deposits. 




February 12, 1937 

"WHAT BRETHREN CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR 

SOCIETIES CAN EXPECT WITH THE USE 

OF OUR NEW C. E. TOPICS" 

By Dr, L. E. Lindower, Brethren National C. E. 

Topic Editor, Pastor, First Brethren Church, 

Warsaw, Ind. 

This topic is being 
written under protest, 
since the writer con- 
siders that in the dis- 
cussion of our new 
topics, the EvangeHst 
readers will see enough 
of his writings. But 
considering what a 
"go-getter" our first 
vice-president is, say- 
ing "No" makes no 
difference. 

There are about four 
things we can expect 
from the use of these 
L. E. LINDOWER topics, whether the 

Evangehst C. E. Editor's notes are a help on them 
or not. In the first place they should increase the 
abihty of our young people to handle their Bibles. 
What good is a Bible to a Christian, if he does not 
know where to find the references in it? After 
studying these topics through the Scripture refer- 
ences, the young people will know that they should 
,not look in the New Testament for the Book of Gen- 
esis or in the Old Testament for Jude. They will 
know that there is no book of Hezekiah in the Bible 
and that the one hundred and fifty-second Psalm 
is fiction because it does not exist. They will know 
where to find some references to show someone the 
way of salvation and help Christians in difficulty. 

In the second place these topics should help us to 
have a more complete systematic knowledge of the 
Scriptures, a thing which every Christian needs. To 
■ merely be able to quote a couple short verses of 
Scripture is not really Bible knowledge. They will 
know the great Bible doctrines and the reasons for 
believing them. 

In the third place these topics will be a testing of 
young people's interest in spiritual things. We will 
find out which young people are the most dependable 
in the work of the church. We will find out who 
comes just to be entertained and who is really grow- 
ing "in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Je- 
sus Christ." 

Lastly, we hope that by following this course of 
studies consistently we shall have in our churches a 
future generation of strong "workmen" upon whom 
we may depend for the Lord's work. "Study to show 
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth 
not to be ashamed, handUng aright the Word of 
truth." 



PROJECTS FOR THE YEAR 1936-1937 

1. "TO THE JEW FIRST" — Jewish Evangelization in America by means of 

tracts. 

2. FOREIGN MISSIONS — Support of a Missionary in Africa, Key. Jacob 

Kliever. 

3. HOME MISSIONS— I'urchase of a Folding Organ for use in Baltimore, 

Md., Rev. Norman Uphouse, Pastor. 

4. CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR— Support of Christian Endeavor Teachers in 

Summer Camps and C. E. rroniotional and 
Extension worli. 



WHY OUR CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR SOCIETIES 
ARE READY TO SUPPORT OUR BRETHREN 

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR UNION 
By A. H. Kent, 2nd Vice President, Brethren Nation- 
al C. E. Union, Long Beach, Calif. 

The Christian Endeavor societies of our denomin- 
ation have been waiting for a definite program. 
They are now ready to support our Brethren organ- 
ization because it has outlined that definite program. 
A fixed plan for activities has been, given them to 
follow. A hst of set goals has been prepared and 
sent to each society in the brotherhood for which to 
strive to reach during the year. 

Four projects for the year 1936-1937 have been 
outlined: 1. To The Jew First; 2. Foreign Missions; 
3. Home Missions; 4. Christian Endeavor. Details 
of each project have been furnished societies. 

The great apostasy is on. The subtle inroads of 
modernism is honeycombing nearly every denomina- 
tion. It is reaching into every endeavor society of 
these denominations. 

The C. E. organization is so definite in its pledge 
and standards of living asking for a separation from 
the world, that the modernistic group is not remain- 
ing true to the original pledge made by its founder 
Father Endeavor Clark. Thus it stands for little in 
the spiritual realm — a social organization only. 

If the apostasy continues to increase, and God's 
Word says it will, the United Society of Christian 
Endeavor as we know it will cease to exert any in- 
fluence. Our Endeavor leaders seeing this feel that 
our National Brethren Christian Endeavor Union is 
offering an organization to carry on the principles 
and standards of the Christian Endeavor movement 
when the original C. E. organization has lost its vi- 
sion and thereby its mission, and ceases to exist any 
longer. 

Our Endeavorers should assist the United So- 
ciety of C. E. as long as it remains true, for we are 
indebted to it for our Endeavor organization, pro- 
gram and spirit of fellowship. When it fails then 
we are free to give our entire support and efforts 
towards our own Union. We will have T;he organiza- 
tion ready for the change and no harm will re- 
sult; hence our Endeavorers are ready to support 
The Brethren National C. E. Union. 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Christian Endeavor Department 

MISS MILDRED FURRY, News Editor 
626 Somerset St., Johnstown, Pa. 

BEV. L. E. LINDOWER, C. E. Topic Editor 
120 N. Bronson St., Warsaw, Ind. 



Topic for February 28 

THE LOGIC OF MISSIONS 

By L. E. Lindower 

Romans 10:1-15 

Sub-Topics 

1. The Righteousness of God. Rom. 
3:21-22; 10:3-10. 

2. The Available Christ. Rom. 10:8-13. 

3. The Necessity of Belief. Rom. 10: 
14; Acts 16:31. 

4. No belief without the Gospel. Rom. 
10:14; Acts 10:1-6. 

5. No Gospel without a Preacher. 
Rom. 10:14. 

6. No Preacher without a Missionary 
Church. Rom. 10:15. 

Order of Service 

1. Songs, "Fling Out the Banner," 
and "Loyalty to Christ." 

2. Scripture reading, Romans 10:1- 
15. 

3. Prayer (for our missionaries; and 
for those whom God will call to the 
mission field, that they will hear and 
heed). 

4. Song, "From Greenland's Icy 
Mountains." 

5. Leader's Talk. 

6. Talks on first, second, and third 
sub-topics. 

7. Special music. 

8. Talks on fourth, fifth, and sixth 
sub-topics. 

9. Home Misionary news. 

10. Review of leading Home Mission- 
ary Article. 

11. Foreign Missionary News. 

12. Review of leading Foreign Mis- 
sionary Article. 

13. Questions and discussion. 

14. Song, "Rescue the Perishing." 

15. Benediction. 

(The topics on Missionary News and 
Views may be gathered from previous 
numbers of the Home and Foreign Mis- 
sionary numbers of the Brethren Evan- 
gelist. Please do not read them to the 
Society ) . 
"Salvation for Roman Catholic Priest 

in Chile" 

By Wm. M. Strong, Soldier's and Gospel 

Mission (from "The Voice") 

"A remarkable scene and a still more 
remarkable conversation took place 
around the tea table of a friend of mine 
(an English architect named U.) at 
whose house I lodged in Santiago for 
two months this year. The scene in- 
cluded Mr. U. and his wife and five 
children (three little boys and two girls) 
and "Father C." of the Roman Catholic 
Church. He still wears his robes, but is 
about to sever his connection with that 
wicked system. We have previously 



noted with pain and alarm the manner 
in which the two young girls of the 
household had been drawn into the 
toils of the Roman church, and when 
we K;ame into contact with "Father C." 
we saw an opportunity to give them a 
strong witness from (apparently) the 
inside, and so invited him to take tea 
with the family. As a rule our experi- 
ence even with converted Catholic 
priests (and we have seen, quite a num- 
ber of them converted here in Chile) 
has been that they are quite deficient 
in their knowledge of Scriptures; but 
as we listened the other afternoon to 
"Father C's" clear explanation of the 
gospel to the assembled U. family we 
recognized that here was a man of God 
with no ordinary grasp of the Lord's 
truth. 

"Father C." has an interesting his- 
tory. A man of culture and a native 
of Spain, dissatisfied with all the un- 
reality and hypocrisy of the Roman 
church, he spent years seeking the 
truth and finally went to Rome where 
he had been told that he could "study 
at the fountains of truth," but he soon 
returned to Chile, more at sea and more 
unsatisfied than ever. Even before he 
went to Rome he had come in contact 
with a friend of ours — Andrew Sten- 
house, a young Scotch missionary of 
the "Brethren" * with whom he had 
often held long conversations. One day 
on his return from Rome, Mr. Sten- 
house put into his hand a Spanish copy 
of C. H. Mackintosh's "Genesis" and 
a few days later "Father C." hurried up 
the stairs of Stenhouse's lodging cry- 
ing, "I have it, I have it." "What have 
you?" said Stenhouse. "Salvation!" he 
cried. And verily he did seem to have 
passed from death unto life. He is now 
witnessing everywhere among all 
classes as to what God has done for 
him. He has recently written a letter 
to the Bishop of Santiago, rehearsing 
the wicked falsities of Rome and giving 
the reason for the hope that is within 
him." 

* This undoubtedly refers to the 
Plyinouth Brethren and not to the 
Brethren Church. — C. E. topic Editor. 

(Topics prepared and copyrighted by 
Christian Publications, Inc.) 



gram to make you a devotional leader 
in the church of tomorrow. Your serv- 
ice in Christian Endeavor today is one 
of the most important steps in the 
great work of following Christ. 

The answer, then, to the title of this 
article is that the Intennediate of today 
becomes the churchman of tomorow by 
doing an Intermediate's work. Your 
efforts for your society will be trans- 
formed by God into results for Christ 
and His church. The difficulties of to- 
moiTow, the responsibilities which shall 
be ours, the needs to be met, these all 
will find their ultimate solution in do- 
ing our work as Interemediates today. 

As the bud becomes a fragrant rose, 
the acorn a mighty oak, the "shoot" a 
luxuriant plant, all nurtured by the 
skillful hand of God, so that same 
hand, moulding, shaping, pruning, 
training, guided by a heart of match- 
less love, performs in the heart and 
mind of Brethren Intermediates the 
miracle that surely unerringly fits them 
to lead the church of tomorrow. 

(Editor's Note: Rev. Donald Carter 
wishes to hear from every Intermediate 
Society President and Superintendent. 
Name and address and name of church. 
Please do not neglect this. Address 546 
Stocker St., Glendale, Calif. 



THE INTERMEDIATES, THE 
CHURCH OF TOMORROW 

(Continued from page 5) 
ing visitors welcome is God's school to 
train you for a life of soul winning. 
Conducting prayer meetings and coun- 
ciling leaders is doubtless in God's pro- 



AFTER FIFTY-SIX YEARS! 

What think we of Christian En- 
deavor? We are sure that those who 
can look back over the past fifty-six 
years of Christian Endeavor activities 
will agree with us that the results 
have proved that the efforts of Dr. and 
Mrs. Francis E. Clark were not in vain 
when they organized that first society 
of Christian Endeavor in 1881. Thanks 
be to God for the desire that burned in 
their hearts to see and help youth serve 
Christ and the church. 

Christ has not sent us into the world 
that we might fit into it or change it, 
but that we should do His will that the 
hearts of men will be changed. If the 
words, "Thy Will Be Done" which was 
the theme of a great Christian En- 
deavor conference in Pennsylvania last 
summer, are not only on the lips but in 
the hearts of thousands of young peo- 
ple, we know that homes and communi- 
ties are going to feel the effect of their 
presence and be changed. Romans 12:1- 
2, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, 
by the mercies of God, that ye present 
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, ac- 
ceptable unto God, which is your rea- 
sonable service. And be not conformed 
to this world; but be ye transformed by 
the renewing of your mind, that ye may 
prove what is that good, and acceptable, 
and perfect will of God," has definitely 
challenged youth to genuine service for 
Christ through the past fifty-six_ years. 
May it continue to do so until He 
comes. 

MISS MARY BRANT 

President of the Cambria County 

Interdenominational Union of 

Christian Endeavor. 

Johnstown, Pa. 



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Our Benevolences »« 




Facts and Figures Not Fancies and Flubdubs 

By Rev. Fred C. Vanator, 
President Brethren's Home and Benevolence Board 



IF YOU ARE DEAD set against giving to the Be- 
nevolence Interests of the Brethren Church 

THEN DO NOT READ THESE PAGES, 

For, if you do, we believe you will be convinced 
against your will that you ought to change your mind 
and become an ardent supporter of these two phases 
of the work of the church, namely, The Brethren's 
Home at Flora, Indiana and the Superannuated Min- 
isters' Fund, which two phases of the work form the 
interests of the Brethren's Home and Benevolence 
Board. 

EACH YEAR 

We have come to you with an appeal for support 
of these interests. Each year you have responded, 
but not in an entirely enthusiastic manner. We are 
not saying this in a critical manner, but are only giv- 
ing you the FACTS and saying that the offerings 
have not been enough to adequately support the 
Home. You have been generous to the Superannuated 
Minister's Fund, but, when we consider that no great 
drain has, as yet, come upon this fund because of 
the present manner of distribution and the few who 
are at present receiving support, we wonder what 
would be the result if a number of legitimate appli- 
cations were received and had to be placed upon the 
list? The answer is that the fund would soon, and 



very soon, be depleted. REMEMBER that our church 
has no pension fund, as do many other denomina- 
tions, but the aged minister has to depend entirely 
upon YOUR contributions. 

BUT 
What I have just said is not quite following what 
I had in mind when I started writing this appeal. I 
want to tell you some things about the Brethren's 
Home that are not generally known and which, when 
you have a knowledge of them, will be sure to make 
you more interested in supporting this Institu- 
tion which belongs, not to the Benevolence Board, 
but to 

YOU 
First there has been a necessity for a consider- 
able outlay of money in repairs. Buildings will de- 
teriorate, even if they are built of brick. When this 
was completed it has made a considerable inroad into 
funds that had been made available to the Board by 
certain bequests that came into their hands during 
the last year. We are thankful that the Lord has 
seen fit to place in our hands the funds to accomplish 
all that was necessary to do. But these gifts were 
aside from the regular offering of the year. If we 
had been compelled to depend entirely upon the 
February offering and the amounts contributed dur- 
ing the year by classes, organizations and Individ- 



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uals we would have had to use considerably more 
Red Ink than was used this year. Just 
REMEMBER 

That we need your gifts each year to keep the 
Home itself running. 

IT IS HARD TO UNDERSTAND ; 

Why we are content to give TEN CENTS for 
Benevolences and be satisfied that we have done 
our part. Is there a person in the Brethren Church 
that cannot give one-seventh of a cent a day for the 
support of the Brethren's Home ? One Cent a week ! 
My, what a sacrifice ! This is a possibihty from even 
the smallest child in the church. But are you, a grown 
man or woman, content to be placed on the children's 
page? Think what might be accomplished if we, as 
a church, would give a "penny a day." Figuring on 
the basis of 10,000 families in the Brethren Church, 
a penny a day would bring in the sum of $36,000.00. 
You say, "But you said your theme was, 'Facts and 
Figures, not Fancies and Flubdubs'." Quite true — 
no fancies here. These are FACTS AND FIGURES 
we have overlooked. 

WHY 

Have we not looked this matter squarely in the 
face? Why have we been so "casual" in our giving — 
so indifferent to this work? Why do we have to 
plead for support? Why do we not realize the need 
without so much talk ? This is one of the offerings 
that is authorized by our General Conference. Your 
delegates help to make such authorization ; they rep- 
resent you at the conference : therefore, it is YOUR 
AUTHORIZATION AND YOUR RESPONSIBIL- 
ITY. Now isn't that logical reasoning? Or isn't 

it? 

YOU 

Are entitled, as owners of the Brethren's Home, 
to know the financial situation. And right here I 
want to make a definite statement concerning a very 
pertinent question which has often been asked and 
never publicly answered. 

In preface to the question and answer let me make 
a preliminary statement of FACTS. You know, of 
course, that there are several annuities that ha.ve 
been accepted by the Brethren's Home Board and 
upon which certain interest payments are being 
made. In connection with this information you are 
possibly aware that the leading annuitant is Brother 
Henry Rinehart, donor of the land upon which the 
Home stands and who was instrumental in the es- 
tablishing of the Home. For many years Brother 
Rinehart has not been receiving the full amount of 
his annuity interest from the funds administered by 
the Board. Each year several hundred dollars was 
left standing, because of nothing with which to pay 
it. Finally the accumulation amounted to many hun- 
dreds of dollars, (the exact amount is not at this 
moment available to the writer) . It was a lien against 
the Home. Everyone knew it and so the question re- 



ferred to above came into being, and here is the 
question. Putting it bluntly, (and with the full 
sanction of its wording by Brother Rinehart) , it was, , 
"What will be the status of the Brethren's Home if 
and when Brother Rinehart passes on to his final 
reward? Will not the accrued annuity interest then 
fall due to the heirs of Brother Rinehart?" The an- 
swer WAS, (and note that the verb here used is in 
the past tense), "Certainly. There is no way of es- 
caping this debt as it stands." 
DO NOT 

Stop reading now. For it is here that the "was" 
comes in. Late last year in a conference between 
Brother Rinehart and your writer and Brother L. 
V. King, our Treasurer, papers were prepared, 
signed, witnessed and delivered to the Board which 
relieves the Board of obligation with regard to the 
past payments due on annuities and likewise on all 
future unpaid balances. For Brother Rinehart has 
given the Home receipt for these amounts and now 
we are only held to such payments as shall be made 
by turning to him the Eyman bequest check which 
comes to the Board each year, and, such remaining 
amount, if this check is less than $500.00, as shall 
make up that amount. This means that Brother Rine- 
hart has been making large contributions each year 
for which he has not received credit. We are hereby 
publicly making acknowledgement of such contribu- 
tions and expressing our thanks. AND THAT IS NOT 
ALL. Only a few months ago, just before we came 
to Fremont, Brother Rinehart gave outright to the 
Board two U. S. Bonds of $500.00, or $1,000.00 in 
all, which we were privileged to use as we found 
need in the 

SUPPORT 

Of the Home. No foolish "strings" were tied to 
this gift. We feel that it is only doing justice to 
Brother "Henry", as we have learned to affection- 
ately call him, to make this statement. Since becom- 
ing vitally associated with this work we have 
learned of the many, many things he has done for 
the Home that have never been reported or men- 
tioned in any way. And here we want to pause and 
say, "God bless you. Brother Rinehart, and may 
your years be many more among us." 
THIS 

Statement ought to clear the atmosphere of any 
question as to the standing of the Home. What it 
needs now is a Real Support. What we would like 
to do is to make it a real home where we can say 
to those who are in need, "Come and make your 
home here." But we cannot do this now without lay- 
ing down certain obligations which must be met. 
While it is true that we call it the 
BRETHREN'S HOME 

Yet it cannot be all that it ought to be without a 
more definite support from the Brotherhood. We 
are glad that you are giving support 



February 13, 1937 



BY 



Gifts and offerings and more lately by bequests. 
But what we need now, in the face of the desire of 
many to make this Home one that may be used by 
many instead of by a few, is 

j AN ADEQUATE ENDOWMENT 

i The interest from which will cover the running 
(expenses throughout the year. We have some $4,000 
in such endowment, but because of the small amount 
iand the meager returns this does not furnish much 
in the way of returns. Think about this as you pre- 
ipare to give to this offering on the THIRD SUNDAY 
IN FEBRUARY— Febi-uary 21st. 

Now a final word iui an attempt to sum up. Just 
do this. Read as one sentence the words which you 
wiU find in bold face CAPS type throughout this 
article. It is our plea to you. 



Read This and Then Give to the 
Superannuated Ministers 

Brother Jim Jones was a Brethren of the Old 
School ; always at his place in church, ready to sing 
or pray. He never cheated in a horse trade, nor lied 
about his dogs, and was always honest with his 
neighbors and his God. 

Among his stock was old Bill Crow, a black mule 
nearly a third of a century old. His faithful service 
had been almost as long as his years. 

One morning Brother Jones hitched Bill Crow to 
the plow and started across the field. 

"Git up!" said Brother Jones. 

Bill Crow didn't move. He just turned his head 
and looked kinder mournful at his boss, and then 
laid down. His working days were over. Brother 
Jones knew that, because it was the first time Bill 
Crow had ever refused to move. He looked into the 
mule's eyes and thought he saw tears in them. He 
knew Bill Crow had done his level best, and that he 
hated to quit. But there was no help for it; and he 
turned the old mule out in the woods to die. 

That night Joe, Brother Jones' boy, said: 

"Pap, what've you done with old Bill Crow?" 



IB 

"Why son, he fell down at the plow this morning, 
and so I turned him out to die. Guess his working 
days are over." 

"You turned old Bill Crow out to die?" 

"Why, sure; he ain't no good any more." 

"But, see here, pap; ain't he been working for 
you all his life ?" 

"He sure has, son, and he worked hard, too." 

"And you goin' to church every Sunday and singin', 
'I Want to be an Angel ?' Pap, do you reckon an angel 
would treat old Bill Crow that way after he'd worked 
for him all his days?" 

This was putting the thing in a new light to the 
old man, and Brother Jones began to feel that he had 
been pretty mean to old Bill. He spoke to his wife 
about it, and she told him that if he didn't go out 
and get old Bill Crow and bring him to the barn and 
feed him and treat him well from that time on, she'd 
leave him. Every person about the place seemed to 
think that Brother Jones had treated old Bill Crow 
outrageously mean; and Brother Jones got so 
ashamed of himself that he sneaked down into the 
woods and hunted up the old mule and brought him 
back. 

From that day on every day was Sunday to old 
Bill Crow. 

Was Joe right? Were Sister Jones and the hired 
man and the neighbors right? 

Did old Bill Crow's third of a century of faithful 
geeing and hawing and ploughing and mowing beget 
duty? 

And I wonder if Brother Jones thought further, 
so that on the next day he sent his contribution, and 
thus fulfilled his duty to the old preachers who had 
served more patiently and faithfully than his old 
mule. 

If not, Joe will be after him again, and so will his 
good wife and his conscience ; for old preachers' serv- 
ice begets duty. 

Have the people remembered the old minister's 
needs, and his claim upon the church he has served 
so long and with such self-denial ? 



Just Another Special Offering? 



"Just another special offering." How often we 
hear church members make such a remark. And, to 
many it is just another offering. But to the true 
steward it is another "Opportunity." An opportun- 
ity to share in the work of the Lord. An opportun- 
ity the true giver would not want taken from him. 
And what joy it would be for our Denominational 
Boards to carry on the work assigned to them by the 
church, IF every member of the Brethren church 
fully realized this truth. 



Thank God, we are beginning to see the results 
of a great vision for missionary endeavor in our 
Brotherhood. May it ever increase. BUT, how easy 
it is to say, "just another offering" when the Be- 
nevolent Board of the church asks for an offering. 
Yet, the work of this Board is just as definite a 
part of the whole denomination as any other work. 

Now, we would not think of asking for as large an 
offering as is needed to carry on our Misionary pro- 
gram. Our Home at Flora is already built. But new 



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Mission Churches must be erected if we are to grow. 
But, as Mission churches already erected must be 
maintained, so the Home must be maintained. And 
that, by the church. All we ask is for the pastors 
to at least give their people the opportunity of giv- 
ing. When we realize that only about half of our 
churches sent in an offering at all last year, we are 
made to wonder IF the pastors are doing their part. 
Some day they may wish they had given this work 
more consideration FOR one of the questions a min- 
ister must answer to receive help from the Minis- 
ters' Fund is "What have you done toward the sup- 
port of this work in your churches?" 

So pastors, please give your people the privilege 
of sharing in this another "Opportunity" to share in 
the work of our Lord. And no one who knows His 
Word can deny that the church has a responsibility 
in caring for her needy. 

Now, as to the present needs. True, we have suf- 
ficient in the Ministerial Fund to care for the few 
we are giving aid at present. But we are anxious to 
lay up a reserve fund for we see in the near future 
those who will yearly need help from this fund. And 
your Board is anxious to include worthy widows of 
worthy pastors and we shall so propose just as soon 
as your offerings justify such a procedure. But we 
cannot until it is. The matter rests with the churches. 

As to the Home at Flora. True Brother Rinehart 
gave the Board another thousand which brings the 
total of gifts from his hands to a neat sum. But all 
this had to be used in improving the building of the 
Home which had to be neglected in the past years 
because of the smallness of the offerings. The entire 
brick wall had to be caulked with government caulk. 



All the old putty was removed from the window sash 
and glazed with caulk. Brick and cement porch 
floors had to be improved. Several walls within the 
building itself had to be changed to make more room 
and a bath room had to be included. This because 
we had to have a separate bath for the men now oc- 
cupying the building. BUT all this was furnished 
by the free gift of Brother Rinehart. 

But, surely we should not expect him to also main- 
tain the running expense of the Home, such as 
groceries, meats, coal, salaries, etc. Surely the 
church ought to respond sufficiently if for no other 
reason than to show that she appreciates the great 
sacrifice Brother Rinehart has made toward the 
Home. His heart and life as well as possessions are 
in the Home. And he believes in it as manifested by 
his gifts. But how much of your heart and life is in 
the home? Especially as evidenced by your gifts? 

And do not confuse this offering with the offer- 
ing for the erection of the bam. This offering should 
be altogether for the maintenance of the home. This 
must be met, even if the barn is not erected. So all 
of your February offering should be designated thus 
and should be divided as you feel lead between the 
Home and the Ministers' Fund. 

And send all offerings both for Ministers' Fund 
and maintenance of the Home to my new address 
at Oakville, Ind. Again recognition will be given at 
Conference time to churches making the largest con- 
tributions for the year. At least have your church 
on the contributing list, for the churches not thus 
giving are read to the members of the Board at 
Conference time. 

Rev. L. V. King, Treasurer. 



The Brethren A Generous People 



So far as I kn«ow, there are few groups of religious 
people who are more loyal in their support of the 
institutions which are under the control of their 
church, than are the members of our own group. 
Witness what they have done for the support and 
endowment of their college and seminary, and recall 
the amount of their gifts in support of the mission- 
ary work of the church, both home and foreign. And 
think again of what they have done in and with 
their White Gifts, their publishing interests, and 
their loyal support of the two causes which are in- 
cluded under the head of Benevolences, — support of 
The Brethren's Home and the Superannuated Minis- 
try. I have been a member of this group for more 
than fifty years, and while I have not been blind to 
mistakes which have been made, I have only words 
and feelings of commendation for them, and for 
what they have done. But, as every reader knows, 



past behavior will not satisfy the needs of either 
present nor future. Thus we have no hesitation in 
calling their attention again to the needs of our 
cause of Benevolences. The Brethren's Home and 
the Superannuated Ministry offer again the oppor- 
tunity for the bestowal of gifts. None will deny that 
both are worthy, and that both must depend for their 
continued existence and service, upon the gifts and 
prayers of all Brethren. In the name of our Lord we 
come to you, and in His name you are given an op- 
portunity to lay your gifts upon His altar. 

Yours in the Master's name, 

Martin Shively 

President emeritus Brethren's Home 



"On every occasion in which virtue is exercised, 
if something is not added to happiness, something 
is taken away from anxiety." 



February 13, 1937 



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How Will You Give? 



We certainly want to thank each contributor that 
has made it possible during the past year, to main- 
tain our credit as a Board of the Brethren Home. 
Without the fine support we have received from 
churches and individual gifts we could not have had 
such a good record this past year. 

Again it becomes the duty of the Board to make 
our wants and wishes known to the Brotherhood as 
to the offering for the Brethren Home and Super- 
annuated Ministers' Fund. This is a duty and an 
obligation which the Brethren Churches have of 
caring for the aged ministers and members of the 

Home. 

* 

I should like very much if each one of you, as you 
peruse this little message, could be seated in the 
beautiful living room of the Home and feel the home 
touch as it is there. If this were possible I would 
have no fear that this would be the largest offering 
we ever received. 

Therefore because this is not possible I am sure 
each one will do your part, that this part of our 
responsibility to those depending on you for their 
needs shall be supplied. You need only to recall that 
the great apostle said, "No man liveth unto himself, 
and no man dieth unto himself." So we as Brethren 
surely want to maintain our standard of giving, as 
Christ gave all, we can be good stewards and give as 
He gives unto us. Freely we have received so we 
freely ought to give, keeping in mind the rewards of 
a good steward. 

The needs of the Home are about the same as in 
any private home, upkeep, repairs and needs in gen- 
eral. This the Board is responsible for and which 
we had some to do in the past year. 

To you who have never seen the Home, I want to 
assure you we have a beautiful place, with ideal sur- 
roundings, trees, shrubbery and lawn. A place where 
any one could feel at home on this earth, till the time 
came to exchange this for that Eternal home in 
Glory that our Lord has gone to prepare for those 
that love and OBEY Him. 

We would like if each one of you would feel it your 
duty to try and interest some member of your church 
in making a gift, large or small, getting a boarder 
or two, or a fine bequest. In this way you would be 
using your influence for a good cause and giving the 
Home a big BOOST which we need. Talk HOME 
more HOME and then some more HOME. 

New Year's resolutions are not too late yet, so 
we want you to resolve here and now you will make 
this offering one that the Lord can put His stamp 
of approval upon, and the Home and Superannuated 



Ministers' Fund treasury will be made to smile, that 
we in turn can give those in need their portion. 

We can look back to the past and know for a cer- 
tainty that others gave very generously, nobly, and 
unselfishly to make this Home what it is today. As 
those who gave in the past, pass on to their eternal 
reward others need to take their place to keep the 
wheels of gospel moving onward and upward. 

We trust when February 21st next has made his- 
tory that the Brethren churches will have made his- 
tory also; to the tune that the treasury has been 
filled, for this most worthy cause. 

Brethren I hope you are praying much, and as you 
pray think on this, freely ye have received, freely 
give, not sparingly. 

If your Sunday School class has no objective, why 
not take this fine opportunity to give an offering 
to the Home and aged ministers? 

We hope we have not said too much and not too 
little, but that you have the spirit of one who loves 
the Brethren Church, Brethren Home and the Breth- 
ren ministers who have preached the unsearchable 
riches of CHRIST in days gone by for very little, if 
any, pay, that they might point some soul toward 
the Christ of God. 

When your pastor announces we are receiving our 
benevolence offering on the 21st, I hope you may 
share in this large or small. 

THINK THIS OVER 
It's not what you'd do with a million 
If riches should e'er be your lot, 
But what you are doing at present 
With the Dollar and Quarter you've got? 

John C. Eck, Director of Publicity. 



If we want to live happily and with God's bless- 
ing upon us, there is no other way than by obeying 
His Commandments. We obey God and love and 
serve Him because of His grace toward us. Even 
while we were sinners Christ died for us. 



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THOUGHTS FOR THE THOUGHTFUL 

"A man may be a blot or a blessing, but a blank 
he cannot be." 

"Let us fail in trying to do something rather than 
fail sitting still and doing nothing." 

"Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one's 
self." 

"Only consistent and cheerful giving keeps the 
soul from shrinking." 

"God will not look you over for medals, degrees, 
and diplomas, but for scars in likeness to His Son. 



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The W. M, S. And The Brethren's Home 



The Brethren's home of Flora, In- 
diana, depends much for many things 
of value on the women of the Brethren 
Church, and especially on the member- 
ship of the Woman's Missionary Socie- 
ty. They have been helpful in replen- 
ishing the larder in their sending of 
canned fruit and vegetables; they have 
been thoughtful in the sending of lin- 
ens and necessities; they have been of 
more than definite help in the keeping 
of the "eats" in that they have been 
largely instrumental in the purchase of 
the mechanical refrigerator that now 
graces the jiantry of the Home. Conse- 
quently Mrs. Meyer, the Matron, wants 
to give credit to the various organiza- 
tions and individuals who have been 
thoughtful in this direction during the 
past year. Her report follows in detail. 
If any have been inadvertently omitted, 
she is sorry, but hopes that such is not 
the case. If her attention is called of 
any omission she will be glad to cor- 
rect the oversight. Read carefully her 
report. 

CASH GIFTS FOR 193G 

1. Toward the Refrigerator : 

South Bend, Ind., W. M. S $ 5.00 

Harrah, Wash., W. M. S 1.00 

Dallas Center, la., W. M. S. . . 10.00 

Nappanee, Ind., W. M. S 5.00 

Washington, D. C, W. M. S. . . 3.50 
Mrs. Rosa Henry, Mt. Summit, 111. 1.00 
Louisville, Ohio, W. M. S 5.00 

2. General: 

Mr. & Mrs. N. J. Buckland 

Oakland, Calif $ 5.00 

Milford, Ind., W. M. S 5.00 

Washington Court House, Ohio 

W. M. S. 6.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Elza Baker, 

Roann, Indiana 2.00 

Mr. and Mrs. Leslie, 

Nappanee, Indiana 1.00 

Ever Faithful Class, Roann, Ind. 10.00 
North Manchester, Ind. W. M. S. 12.11 
Erythians Girl's Class, Dayton, 0. 5.00 
Mr. and Mrs. Jones, Wash., D. C. 1.00 
Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson, 

Washington, D. C 1.00 

Miss A Dooley, Wash., D. C. . . .50 

A Friend, Glenford, 3.00 

True Blue Class, Roann, Ind. . . 10.00 

Flora, Indiana, W. M. S 2.82 

Center Chapel, W. M. S. 

(Indiana) 2.50 

Chrintmas Gifts: 

(Spent for: Bed spreads, blankets, 

sheets, muslin for gowns and 

slips). 
Senior Sisterhood, Wash., I). C. 3.00 
Los Angele.s Calif., W. M. S. . . 5.00 
Huntington, Indiana, W. M. S. 1.50 

Goshen, Indiana, W. M. S 10.00 

Terra Alta, W. Va. (Whitedale 

Church) W. M. S 3.00 

Roanoke, Indiana, W. M. S. . . 2.50 
McGaheysville, Va., W. M. S. . . 5.00 

MATERIAL GIFTS FOR 19J6 
Waynesboro, Pa. W. M. S. 

6 pair pillow slips. 

6 wash prints , 



8 wash cloths 
6 bath towels 

2 aprons. 

Muslin, quilt pieces and cards 
Ellet, Ohio, W. M. S. 

1 rug. 

1 blanket. 

1 pair pillow slips. 
Oakville, Indiana, Junior Sisterhood 

16 bars of soap. 

1 wash cloth. 

1 pair pillow slips. 

West Salem-, Ohio, W. M. S. 
5 towels. 

8 bath towels. 

3 tea towels. 

3 wash cloths. 
3 pair pillowslips. 

2 sheets. 

Junior Sisterhood, Washinyton, D. C. 

Electric waffle iron and toaster. 

Christmas cards and handkerchiefs. 
Linwood, Md., Junior Sisterhood 

9 Samplers. 
Material for apron. 

Spokane, TTVi-s/;., W. M. S. 
2 sheets. 

2 tablecloths. 
8 napkins. 

3 towels. 

1 cushion top 
1 sweater. 
1 apron. 

1 slip. 

2 doilies. 

2 pair hose. 
1 purse. 

1 vest. 

1 metal scraper. 

Quilt blocks. 
Morrill, Kans., Social Circle 

1 box of more than 100 cookies. 
Pleasant Hill, Ohio, W. M. S. 

4 bars of soap. 
15 wash cloths. 
Material for 2 aprons. 

1 apron. 

11 towels. 

Thread and rick rack braid. 
Wai/neshoro. Pa.. Ladies' Friendship 
Class 
Dresser scarfs. 
Handkerchiefs. 
Bath towels. 
Wash cloths. 

3 powder sets. 
Bath salts. 
Picture. 
Scarf. 

Neck tie. 

2 sewing baskets. 

4 aprons. 
Brush. 

Sweet potato vase. 
Mt. View W. M. S., Hollins, Va. 

2 towels. 
Comb. 

5 spools thread. 
Print for 4 dresses. 
4 pair hose. 

3 pieces muslin. 
1 remnant. 

LaVeme, Calif., W. M. S. 

12 handkerchiefs. 



Wash cloths. 

Pot holders. 

Scrap book. 

6 collars. 

Dust cap. 

Hose. 

Everett Myer, Flora, Indiana; Mrs, 
Reuben Flora, Flora, Indiana and Sen- 
ior Sisterhool, Canton, Ohio sent Christ- 
mas cards. 
Lost Creek, Kij. 

1 rocking chair (hand made) 
Campbell Church, Lake Odessa, Mich. 

1 comfort. 
Lodi, Calif., W. M. S. 

1 dresser scarf. 

2 pair pillow slips. 

1 tea towel. 
Quilt pieces. 

Poriis, Kansas, W. M. S. 

2 blankets. 

2 bars toilet soap. 

6 bath towels. 

7 wash cloths. 
7 pieces print. 

2 pair hose. • 

1 curtain. 

2 tea towels. 

Quilt material and cloth. 
Conemaugh, Pa., W. M. S. 
Print for 13 dresses. 

3 shirts. 
Conemungh, Pa. Junior Sisterhood. 

Rug, 40x72. 

Towels. 

Wash cloths. 

Aprons. 

Dress material. 

4 pair sox. 

Ladies' and men's handkerchiefs. 
3 neck ties. 
Shoulderetts. 
Hose. 

2 slips. 
Candy. 

Flora, Indiana, Sunday School 

Candy. 
Mr. Johnson, Roland, Ark. 

60 pounds strained honey. 
Bryan, Ohio W. M. S. 

20 pounds candy. 
Mrs. Reuben Flora, Flora, Ind 

1 basket apples. 
Mrs. C. Graham and Mrs. Latidis, 
Flora, Indiana. 

1% bushels tomatoes. 

CANNED GOODS 
North Manchester, Ind., W. M. S. 

35 quarts. 
Brighton, Indiana, W. M. S. 

56 quarts. 
Elkhart, Indiana, W. M. S. 

34 quarts. 

3 glasses preserves. 
North Liberty, Indiana, W. M. S. 

12 quarts. 
Wa/rsaw, Indiana, W. M. S. 

22 quarts, 1 pint. 
Mexico, Indiana, W. M. S. 

22 quarts. 
Clan City, Indiana, W. M. S. 

27 quarts. 

'/2 gal. sausage. 

The thanks of the Brethren's Home 
Board and the Superintendent and Ma- 
tron of the Home goes out to all those 
who have thus expressed their inter- 
est in the Home in this material way. 



IP. M. S. DEPARTMENT 

TheLordgiveththe Word: the women that publish the tidings are a great host— Psalm 68:11. 
Material which formerly apjjearecZ in Woman's Outlook. 

Slogan — "Living to Learn, Learning to Live" 



C2>*'= 



The Sheltered Sou 



Arnold R. Krieghhaum 




Arnold R. 
Krieghhaum 



Far Out on the Great Expanse of the western 
plains, as the prairie loses its blanket of green, sway- 
ing grass, which becomes dry from the blistering 
sun, hunters wander; ever alert for their catch with 
a depredating eye. Rain has not fallen on the plains 
country for many days or 
months, and the least spark or 
friction will cause the prairie 
grass to burst forth in flame. 
When such is the case, the 
flames, caught by the strong 
desert wind, race across the 
prairie thirty or forty miles an 
hour, piercing heavenward thir- 
ty or forty feet in height, clear- 
ing its path of both beast and 
man. Escape by foot, even for 
the fleetest animal is impossible. 
Time is precious! Something 
must be done to save the life of 
the huntsmen. 
As the alert hunter catches sight of the coming 
fire, he faces the direction in which the fire is burn- 
ing and touches a match to the grass, starting yet 
another fire. The same winds sweep down on that 
little flame of burning grass, and it too is soon rag- 
ing furiously on its way, leaving in back of it an 
area burned clear and clean. 

The hunter then steps into the newly burned por- 
tion and is sheltered from the threatening peril, 
which would have snatched its toll of life. 

Even so, that old Cross of Calvary, on which hung 
Jesus Christ, my Savior, your Savior, was pierced, 
rejected and despised, that He, through the shedding 
of His blood might have a place of shelter for the sin 
cursed soul, a place where we might enter, and be 
safe from all the sin of a carnal world. 

Because He was willing to leave Heaven's Glory, 
enter into this world of sin and turmoil, offer Him- 
self King-Messiah to Israel who rejected Him, and 



be led off to the now-blood-stained mount, where He 
paid the world's greatest debt, a debt which no 
"brain trust" could ever make right. Verily, I say, 
because Jesus Christ was willing to suffer the 
deathly fangs of hell, my soul is sheltered. 

SHELTERED FROM THE ENEMY 
In the twenty-seventh Psalm, and the third verse 
we read, "Though an host should encamp against 
me, my heart shall not fear : though war should rise 
against me, in this I will be confident." 

Several years ago I visited Fort McArthur in San 
Pedro, California, where one thing in particular 
impressed me. High above the surging blue waters 
of the Pacific, on an embankment is mounted a huge 
gun. One stands looking on with amazement, and 
marvels at the immensity of the gun when he is 
informed that it is capable of hitting its target 
twenty-two miles away. This is almost beyond hu- 
man comprehension. The target is unseen, and yet 
through calculation, it is not missed. What pro- 
tection this affords ! Praise God, we are not merely 
protected, we are sheltered, hidden from the enemy 
in God's love! 

Who is the enemy? We read in Isaiah 14:12, 14 
that Lucifer would exalt his throne above the stars 
of God, but he was cast out of heaven, and is become 
the enemy of Jesus Christ. This enemy would hard- 
en the hearts of all men against the will of God, the 
working of the Holy Spirit, and the Grace of Jesus 
Christ. There is but one way to overcome this enemy: 
through preparedness for the temptations. Be shel- 
tered! 

During the Second Punic Wars, Hannibal, that 
great Carthagenian General, led his 2600 troops 
across the Alps and the Pyrenees Mountains, and 
descended on Rome from the North. Rome had ex- 
pected Hannibal to come by the way of the Mediter- 
ranean Sea, but contrary to all belief, he marched 
on the city and because of his unwarned arrival, 
caught Rome unprepared. The guard on the wall of 
the city, who was the first to see the approaching 



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instrument of death, put forth the cry which spread 
as fire throughout Rome, "Hannibal is at our gates !" 

How often one may scan the pages of history and 
find defeats, calamities and catastrophies, simply 
because there was a slackness in preparedness. 

Paul writes, "Put on the whole armour of God 
that ye might be able to withstand the wiles of the 
devil." If armoured with the shield of faith, the hel- 
met of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and pray- 
ing always, we become as the tree planted on the 
river's edge, unmovable, for we are sheltered from 
the enemy in His love. 

The twelve spies returned from the Land of Ca- 
naan and reported to Moses and Aaron that the 
Promised Land flowed with milk and honey; but a 
majority group predicted defeat in case of conquest, 
while a minority said, "If the Lord delight in us, 
then He will bring (shelter) us into this land, and 
give it us ; a land which f loweth with milk and 
honey." Numbers 13. 

SHELTERED IN HIS EDIFICE 

In the fourth verse of Psalm twenty-seven we 
read, "One thing have I desired of the Lord, that 
will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of 
the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty 
of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple." 

So many people make the grave mistake of at- 
tempting to realize beauty from a great distance, 
when the true beauty is only realized as one draws 
near the work of art. How often men fail to know, 
as John knew, the reality of the unchanging Christ 
in a changing world. In James 4:8 we read: "Draw 
near to God, and He will draw near unto you. 
Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your 
hearts, ye double minded." For the priest of old 
to enter into the Holy Place uncleansed meant 
death. Hebrews 13:8 reads: "Jesus Christ the same 
yesterday, and today, and forever." I John 5:8 
reads: "And there are three that bear witness, the 
Spirit, and the water, and the blood : and these three 
agree in one." For the patriarch of old there was 
the requirement of the "shedding of blood," and for 
carnal man today, there is but one way to be shel- 
tered in his temple, and that, through the shed blood 
of Jesus Christ. 

Having been cleansed we then draw near, and 
realizing the precious communion that we have in 
Christ, no longer desire to turn back, but will seek 
to dwell in the house of the Lord forever where we 
are Sheltered in His love. 

SHELTERED IN TIME OF ENTANGLEMENT 
Psalm 27:5 reads: "For in the time of trouble he 
shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his 
tabernacle shall he hide me ; he shall set me up upon 
a rock." 

Europe stands an armed camp, ready to break 
forth as a raging lion to grasp in its claws, its prey. 
World conditions are as never before. We hear a 



great deal concerning social evolution. From the 
housetops is cried the new order, economics, reform 
and progress. Still the old world wails in bitter 
agony, for resuscitation is failing. This old world 
needs more than these futile entities ; it needs more 
evangelism, more redemption, more pardon through 
the new birth in Jesus Christ. If there were less 
"babble" concerning democracy, and more preaching 
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there would be some 
hope in the hearts of men. 

What peace, satisfaction, joy, and understanding 
there is in the heart of the child of God who walks 
near the Lord! Reaching out, even as a mere babe, 
we claim that promise in Deuteronomy 13:6, "He 
will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." As a child of 
God, we need heed the words of the poet : 

"When nothing whereon to lean remains. 
When strongholds crumble to the dust. 
When nothing is sure but that God still reigns 
That is the time to trust." 

— Selected. 
Pastor Ankenytown Brethren Church, 

Ankenytown, Ohio. 

Worship Program 



«=?-*•= 



March Topic: 
In His Keeping 



Song : "Anywhere with Jesus." 

Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go; 
Anywhere he leads me in this world below; 
Anywhere without him dearest joys would fade; 
Anywhere with Jesus I am not afraid. 

Chorus: 

Anywhere! anywhere! fear I cannot know; 

Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go. 

Anywhere with Jesus I am not alone; 
Other friends may fail me, he is still my own; 
Though his hand may lead me over dreary ways. 
Anywhere with Jesus is a house of praise. 

Anywhere with Jesus I can go to sleep. 
When the darkening shadows round about me creep; 
Knowing I shall waken never more to roam. 
Anywhere with Jesus will be home, sweet liome. 

Scripture: II Timothy 1:8-14. 

Prayer. 

Business: (Note: Plans should be made to gather 
in the missionary support and District dues, which 
should be paid to the District Secretary during 
the month of April). 

Song : "I Am Thine, Lord." 

I am thine, O Lord, I have heard thy voice. 

And it told thy love to me; 
But I long to rise in the arms of faith. 

And be closer drawn to thee. 



February 13, 1937 

Chorus: 

Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, 

To the cross where thou hast died; 
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord, 

To thy precious bleeding side. 

the pure delight of a single hour 

That befoi-e thy throne I stand, 
When I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God, 

I commune as friend with friend. 

Prayer. 

iBiBLE Study: "John — the Apostle of Love." 

Song : "Nearei- My God to Thee." 

Nearer, my God, to thee, nearer to thee! 
E'en though it be a cross that raiseth me; 
Still all my song shall be, 
Nearer my God, to thee. 

Though like a wanderer, the sun gone down, 
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone; 



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Yet in my dreams I'd be, 
Nearer, my God, to thee. 

There let the way appear, steps unto heaven : 
All that thou sendest me, in mercy given : 
Angels to beckon me. 
Nearer, my God, to thee. 

Topic : "The Keeping of the Heart." 

Poem : "He Leadeth Me." 

Topic : "In the Cross of Christ I Glory." 

Solo : "0, For a Closer Walk." 

Topic : "The Sheltered Soul." 

Benediction : "The Lord bless thee and keep thee ; 

The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, 
and be gracious unto thee : 

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee and 
give thee peace. Amen. Numbers 6:24-26. 



Bible Study- John, the Apostle of Love 



Rev. Do7iald F. Carter 



When Nearly Two Thousand Years ago there 
came into this old world a new Gospel, there was 
born also a new holy emotion, God breathed and God 
given. Unrelated to filial relations, the passion of 
sex, or even tliat crowning love which surges within 
a mother's breast, this, God's love, has the sublime 
burst of tenderness and compassion from the very 
heart of Deity which led Him to offer His greatest 
gift. His eternal Son as a propitiation for the sins 
of the world. This act of God is the great guarantee 
of a holy love showered upon mankind that is deep, 
full, holy and complete, the supreme gesture of 
Deity. 

Among God's ministers proclaiming the blessed 
truths of His great plan, John stands pre-eminently 
as the Apostle of love. Every other doctrine is sub- 
merged in that great wave of God's surpassing pas- 
sion as it is burned into our hearts from the pen 
of that man of God. The first Epistle of John is 
more nearly the sermon of which the well known and 
matchless John 3:16 is the text. The whole warp 
and woof of the fabric of John's reasoning in this 
little book is: "For God so loved the world." The 
very faith that is ours is administered to us by God 
in His great warmth of love; the very obedience 
which constrains us to follow His will is but the 
practical working out of His love in us ; the very 
love which we display toward Him and mankind is 
but the rebirth of His love in our hearts. Little won- 
der then it is that John's theology goes back of the 
cross to the loving God, his practical applications 
from the human heart to the heart of that same lov- 
ing God. 

In a brief consideration of the first Epistle of 
John, one main idea and three sub-ideas present 



themselves to the reader. This main idea is simply 
that God's great love showered upon us completely 
fills every department of our lives. We are filled with 
it, submerged by it and guided by it. The three sub- 
ideas are listed in this manner : 

1. The love of God is perfected in obedience to 
the word of our Lord. 

2. The love of God is manifested in a high regard 
for the body of our Lord. 

3. The love of God is crystalized in faith in the 
person of our Lord. 

The first Epistle of John begins with a definite 
presentation of God's plan of salvation, summed up 
by those wonderful words : "and He is the propitia- 
tion for our sins — and hereby do we know that we 
know him if we keep His commandments." One 
of God's important propositions, yes, the determin- 
ing factor in regeneration is obedience to His word. 
According to this portion of scripture the only true 
way of really knowing Him and being sure of His 
promises is to keep His word. So important is this 
consideration that John says, (2:5) "whoso keepeth 
His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected : 
hereby do we know that we are in Him." If this be 
true, a wonderful truth dawns upon the reader, 
namely: this great love of God, showered upon be- 
lievers, only becomes perfected or completed in the 
heart of the man who keeps His word. Therefore 
that word in the Old Testament is true: "obedience 
is better than sacrifice." Christ has said "Follow 
me" ; God's love is perfected in obedience. Christ 
has said : "be ye not unequally yoked together with 
unbelievers" ; God's love is perfected in obedience. 
Christ has said: "confess me before m.en"; God's 
love is perfected in obedience. Christ has said : "Go 



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ye into all the world and preach the gospel," God's 
love is perfected in obedience. Who is he who con- 
demns a part of the revealed word of God? There 
is no perfection of love there. Who is he who is 
willfully disobedient to the plain teaching of the 
woi'd? There is no building up of the edifice of God's 
love there. Who is slothful and indifferent to the 
admonitions of scripture? Surely there can be no 
reflection of God's matchless love there. With start- 
ling force and conviction come these words of scrip- 
ture, again from the pen of John. "He that saith I 
know Him and keepeth not His commandments is a 
liar." Truly no man can have the love of God abid- 
ing in him and be disobedient to the Holy Scripture. 

The second proposition comes to the student of 
the Epistle with equal force. Throughout the third 
and fourth chapters of this little book there are 
many statements about the believer loving his broth- 
er, loving one another, etc. When reading these 
chapters a great conviction grows upon one that the 
great love of God, afore mentioned, when concen- 
trated upon the chosen believer, is diffused by that 
believer in a corresponding shower of love upon oth- 
ers. Then suddenly the reader is reminded that these 
others are actually other Christians. Then these oth- 
er Christians are the body of Christ. That body of 
Christ is a true entity, a part of which is eveiy be- 
liever. God's love is manifest in the manner in which 
His children love Christ's body, the church, the in- 
dividual brother. No wonder that our Lord spoke 
and was re-echoed by the New Testament writers 
concerning the loving of the Brethren. Every shred 
of love bestowed in that direction is an act of ado- 
ration to the body of Christ. That is the reason John 



repeats, "love one another, love the brother." It is 
a manifestation of the love God has showered upon 
us. What an exhortation this is to true love of other 
Christians? How this lays bare the petty animos- 
ities, jealousies, suspicions, hatreds that are found 
even in the professed body of Christ. Can the love 
of God be manifest in this manner? No, if you 
would be one to diffuse God's love, love your breth- 
ren. 

Finally in the fifth chapter of this Epistle these 
words are read: "Everyone that loveth Him that be- 
gat, loveth Him that is begotten of Him." There is 
only one reaction to this statement, and, we believe, 
the reaction that the Holy Spirit would bring to 
the heart of the believer. The love of God, burning 
in the heart of the believer, is turned definitely and 
completely toward "Him that is begotten of Him," 
that is our Lord Jesus Christ. The highest manifes- 
tation of the love of God in the believer's heart is un- 
feigned faith in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
This devotion is epitomized in one of the command 
ments of our Lord : "Thou shalt love the Lord thy 
God with all thy heart and all thy soul and all thy 
mind." So the rest of this little epistle concerns it- 
self with the man who has faith in the Lord Jesus. 

God's love, then, is shown in its highest form in 
a devotion to and a worship of our Lord. Do you be- 
lieve that you are born of God? To you Jesus must 
be the Christ. Do you believe that you are a servant 
of God? To you Jesus must be the Commander and 
Lord. Do you believe that God can lead you to over- 
come the world? Then Christ must be the center of 
your faith. Do you believe the witness of God? Then 
Christ must be the personification of that witness. 



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He Leadeth Me 



In pastures green? 
Who knoweth best, 



Not always; sometimes He 
in kindness leadeth me 



In weary ways, where heavy shadows be. 

Out of the sunshine, warm and soft and bright, 

Out of the sunshine into darkest night; 

I oft would faint with terror and with fright. 

Only for this — I know He holds my hand; 
So, whether in the green or desert land, 
I trust, although I may not understand. 

And by still waters? No, not always so; 
Ofttimes the heavy tempests round me blow, 
And o'er my soul the waves and billows go. 

But when the storm beats loudest, and I cry 
Aloud for help, the Master standeth by. 
And whispers to my soul, "Lo, it is I!" 



Above the tempest wild I hear Him say 
"Beyond the darkness lies the perfect day 
In every path of thine I lead the way." 



So, whether on the hilltops high and fair 
I dwell, or in the sunless valleys, where 
The shadows lie — what matter? He is there. 



And more than this; where'er the pathway lead. 
He gives to me no helpless, broken reed. 
But His own hand, sufficient for my need. 



So where He leads me I can safely go; 
And in the blest hereafter I shall know 
Why, in His wisdom. He hath led me so. 



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Do you believe that eternal life is from God ? Then, 
I "He that hath the Son hath life." Do you feel that 
! God has given you an understanding of His myster- 
j ies ? The Son of God has given us that understand- 
i ing. These great truths are found in that matchless 
I fifth chapter of I John and come as the result of the 
; love of God through His Son upon you. Truly, God's 
i love is crystalized in Jesus Christ from whom every 
i good and perfect gift comes. 

I John the Apostle of Love does not dwell in the 
1 contemplative, but the practical aspect of the doc- 
trine of God's love. The love is not alone a tender 



emotion, but a moving force. That love impels to 
obedience for love is mindful to the voice of God's 
authority. That love impels an answering stream 
of love in the heart of the believer, for love is atune 
to its responsibility to the body of Christ. That love 
impels to faith in Christ, for love finds its life in 
untarnished faith. Of all men we are most blessed 
for truly "God commended His love toward us in 
that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." 
That is the love that is burning in our hearts to- 
day. 
Glendale, California. 



The Keeping of The hHeart 

Rev. D. C. White 

"Keep thij heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4.:23. 



If This Statement could be the theme of our 
lives it would not be long until the love and power 
of Christ would sweep over our souls and our church 
and then the world would know that we have been 
to Jesus for a new heart. 

The new heart is the only one worth keeping. We 
can keep the old heart with all diligence but it will 
still be the same sinful heart, filled with the same 
Adamic nature and can only lead us into an eternity 
without Christ. If we know anything about the old 
natural heart, we know how apt it is to lead us 
astray after false happiness and false joys. The old 
heart is like Satan, a deceiver and a liar. 

Satan says to the unregenerate heart, "Let me 
have your heart, I will control your thoughts, de- 
sires and passions. I will show you what it really 
means to live." 

The inspired Word of God in Proverbs 4:20-23, 
says, "My son, attend to my words ; incline thine ear 
to my sayings, let them not depart from thine eyes ; 
keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are 
life to those that find them, and health to all their 
flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of 
it are the issues of life." The scripture in essence 
is saying, "Do not listen to Satan's words ; keep my 
Word in the midst of your heart; Let them be hid 
in the midst of your affections — ^they will give unto 
you new spiritual energy, new desires, and new 
thoughts." We can hear Jesus say unto us, "My son, 
attend unto my words, wrap them up in the midst 
of thine heart, for they are life unto you who find 
them ; therefore guard thy heart, put a hedge around 
it and keep out the old affections." 

In order to keep the command of God, ("Keep thy 
heart with all diligence") we must first have the 
new birth. 

Jesus instructs Nicodemus, in the third chapter 
of John, to be born again. The Pharisee held an 



exactness for the law, strictly observed the tradi- 
tions of the elders and thus rested in an external 
purity. But you will notice that our Lord directed 
him to the source of eternal purity. He uses the 
words, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man 
be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 

Baptism is the outward sign of the new birth, the 
outward sign of the new heart and the outward sign 
of an inward cleansing. 

Some claim that reformation is the new birth; 
but outward reformation is hypocrisy. Outward 
reformation, by some men, is for worldly and selfish 
motives. 

A man may change one sin for another ; one creed 
for another, and yet be far from the kingdom. When 
the love of God changes the sinner's heart he be- 
comes a new man with new capacities, new interests 
and a new heart. 

When a child is born he has the parts of a grown 
person, but they are in a weak state and need at- 
tention, nourishment and time before they are able 
to perform their proper functions in a proper man- 
ner. The regenerated sinner has the substance of all 
holy things communicated to his redeemed soul. He 
is in an infant state spiritually, and must grow with 
spiritual nourishment to maturity. In short, the 
neAV birth is the beginning of the spiritual life, with- 
out which we could no more live a redeemed life than 
we could live a natui'al life without first being born 
into the world. 

The heart in the worldly state is full of unclean - 
ness, so the Lord of Glory points Nicodemus to the 
source of internal purity, which is the new heart. 

The new heart is spoken of in Ezekiel 36 :26. The 
word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel saying, "A new 
heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I 
put within you ; and I will take away the stony heart 



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out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of 
flesh." 

When the Lord gives us a new heart he changes 
the whole of our infected nature. He takes away 
the stony heart, the affections that are unyielding 
and unaffected by heavenly things; things that are 
slow to credit the Word of God because it is the 
opposite to the heart of love which he has promised 
to his children. 

The new heart of flesh, spoken of, will be a prop- 
er habitation or dwelling place for Him, therefore 
keep this new heart with all diligence. 

In order to keep the new heart of flesh alive and 
sensitive to the things of God he has promised to 
put within us. His spirit. Think of it, God putting 



His Spirit within us; the great principle of life, 
light and love. 

The new spirit will keep and influence the new 
heart. Then, and not until then, will all be in har- 
mony with the will of God. 

Through the prophet Ezekiel, God is foreshadow- 
ing New Testament teachings : First, in the remov- 
al of impurities, we have a type of forgiveness. Sec- 
ond, in the giving of the new heart and spirit, we 
have a type of regeneration, and Third, His spirit 
influencing the new heart, thus making the ruling 
spirit of the Christian the Holy Spirit. May we obey 
God and keep the heart with all diligence, for out of 
it are the issues of life. 
Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 



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n The Cross of Christ I Glory (Gal. 6:14) 



Rev. 0. A. Lor em 



Is This the Boast of a crazy man? Is it wild 
and fanatical? Is it flighty and hysterical? Is it the 
mood of a man whose emotions have swept him from 
the moorings of sound judgment and ordinary san- 
ity? Has the apostle lost his level-headedness in his 
determination to glory 
only in the cross? No 
doubt the great majority 
of the people of his day 
thought him beside him- 
self. The cross was a 
badge of shame. It was 
a stone of stumbling and 
a rock of offense. The 
world regarded it very 
much as we now regard 
the gallows. It was a 
mark of infamy, a sym- 
bol of the penalty of the 
worst of crimes. 

Why then, should Paul 
glory in the cross ? He had seen the cross in the light 
of Calvary, haloed with the love which redeems the 
lost, consecrated by the sufferings not of a criminal, 
but of the Savior, who came to give life to those who 
had been lost in sin. Paul was not glorying in a 
metaphorical cross nor was it a mere relic of wood 
or metal. Neither was this cross one of human sac- 
rifice or the cross of the martyr. He saw the cross 
as the symbol of the sufferings of God for his way- 
ward and wandering children. 

Did Paul have nothing else to glory in? Could 
he not have gloried in his Roman citizenship, his 
illustrious lineage, his education, his leadership, his 
quenchless enthusiasm for Christ, his ambition, his 




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sufferings for Christ, or the revelation he had re- 
ceived? Yes in all of these he could glory, but the 
atoning death of Christ held pre-eminence. He knew 
that the death of Christ was the central theme of 
divine revelation. He knew it to be the song of the 
redeemed in heaven. He knew the prophets of old 
looked forward to it with great and joyful antici- 
pation. Though the cross and the blood of Christ 
may be "repulsive" to some it was his greatest glory. 

Paul gloried in the cross because it revealed the 
great love of God for sinners. "God commendeth his 
love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners 
Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). The word trans- 
lated "commendeth" means "rendered conspicious." 
By the cross God rendered conspicious his great love 
for a lost world. It was God's supreme and final ef- 
fort for man. It is the center of his redemptive plan 
and the center of apostolic teaching (I Cor. 15: 
1-3). At the center of that plan God rendered con- 
spicious liis love. Looking to the cross of Christ we 
may say, "Behold, how He loved us." 

Paul gloried in the cross because by it was pur- 
chased our redemption. In the Scripture we read, 
"Life is in the blood," and "Without the shedding 
of blood there is no remission of sin." We may say 
that on the cross Christ gave the great blood trans- 
fusion by which every sinner could be saved from 
sin, the result of which is "death." By the cross and 
its shed blood the disease of sin was counteracted 
and new life was given to the sinner — a life that is 
more abundant and eternal. The permanent results 
of this great fact was acomplished by "Him in 
whom we have redemption through his blood even 
the forgiveness of sin." 

Paul's greatest source of joy and glory was in 



February IS, 1937 

the cross because it answered the world's greatest 
needs. What does the world need today more than 
peace? Peace "with" God and peace "of" God is 
only possible through the atonement wrought by 
Christ on the cross, for He has "made peace through 
the blood of his cross" Col. 1 :20. Another need to- 
day is health. The cross is the greatest source of 
spiritual health. The serpent of brass in the midst 
of the camp of Israel accomplished more than earth- 
ly medicines could effect — so the cross of Christ. 
It possesses the double virtue of killing sin and 
quickening holiness. He that would be strong and 
useful for Christ must keep near the cross, for it is 
the secret of power and the pledge of victory. A 
further need for us today is an absolute guarantee 
of future good. The cross is that guarantee for "He 
that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up 
for us all, how shall he not with him also freely 
give us all things?" (Rom. 8:32). We may now 
have confidence in the promises of God, for they 
are guaranteed by His cross. Nothing in the future 
can be too great for God to give, since he has given 
the Cross for our redemption. 

When we today partake of the communion service 
we give a solemn applause for the cross, "For as 
oft as ye eat this bread and drink this cup, ye do 
show the Lord's death till he come." If we are sin- 
cere as we take the bread and wine, it is just a way 
of saying: "God forbid that I should glory save in 
the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." 

I think Paul knew the great meaning of the cross, 
therefore, he gloried in it. Can we do less? We can 
afford to be enthusiastic over the cross. If there is 



anything glorious it is the cross. If there is anything 
worth living for and giving to and dying for, it is 
the Christ of the Cross. If there is aught to which we 
may proclaim allegiance without a blush, to which 
we may anchor our eternal hopes without a fear, it 
is the Christ and his glorious cross. And as the 
cross casts its spell over us we come to realize that 
"all the light of sacred story gathers round its head 
sublime". "Our richest gains we count but loss, and 
pour contempt on all our pride." 
Meyersdale, Pa. 



A missionary in India has just written me of hav- 
ing had to refuse admission to a poor leper man 
because there was already a waiting list of 140. La- 
ter in the day, passers-by said to the doctor : "There 
is one of your lepers dying down the road." The 
doctor hurried off, and found the same poor appli- 
cant of a few hours earlier. He was taken in the 
bullock cart to the home, but he never rallied. The 
shock of his disappointment and the black darkness 
of the future had destroyed his last reserves of 
hope. 

The patients of this colony then got together and 
discussed what they could do for the needy ones at 
the gate. "Just a little less rice," they said, "and a 
little less of this and that, and surely we can provide 
for one or two of those waiting by the roadside. Af- 
ter all Christ gave so much . . . and this is such a 
little thing for us to do." So the 72 patients decided 
that every 18 would support a 19th. Thus four 
more were admitted as the patients' very own guests. 



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(The following poem has been shared with us by 
the author, Mrs. Jessie May Piatt, of the New Lebanon, 
Ohio, W. M. S.— Editor). 

Living to learn, learning to live — 

Our new slogan for the year, 
And may each sister member 

Keep this slogan very near. 

Living to learn, a duty of course 

That makes us strong and wise. 
Providing, we're learning of Jesus : 

'Tis there where the secret lies. 

Learning to live — the rest of it 

Is very beautiful too. 
But I'm sure that each W. M. S. 

Would live for Jesus, true. 

Living to learn — now what does it mean? 
And what would our duty be? 



'Tis learning of sorrow, trouble and pain 
At home or across the sea. 

Learning to live the Jesus way 

As we read it from the Word. 
Living for Christ, that others may see 

We are living in the Lord. 

Learning and living — the heart of our slogan; 

May it, too, become our goal; 
While toiling upward the Master's way 

We bring to Him at least one soul. 

O let us thank our precious sisters 

For the slogan they hath sent; 
And let us prove with united hearts 

That we know what it hath meant. 

So with a prayer on our liiDs each day 

As to the Lord our all we give. 
Let us prove that we can keep our slogan — 

Living to learn and learning to live. 



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The Childrens Hour 

[Signal Lights] 
Program for March; 1937 

Mrs. H. L. Briscoe 

Song: "Near The Cross." 

Prayer: Expression of gratitude for the atoning 

blood of Jesus. 
Scripture Reading: Mark 16:1-7. 

Someone tell the story of the Crucifixion and 
Resurrection. 
Monthly Bible Drill : M — Proverbs 23 :26. 
A— Luke 6:31. 
R— Luke 8:39. 
C— Psalm 55 :22. 
H— Isaiah 40:29. 
Memorize I John 1 :7. 

Story: "Scaffolding" (cotinuation of last month's 
story) . 

Last month I told you about the Little House-of- 
self you live in, with Eye-Windows, its Telephone 
Ears, its Mouth Door, its Company Parlor, its 
Dream Bedroom and its Memory Attic. I told you 
that the Bible calls this Little House-of-Self "A 
Temple of God" — I wonder if you remember who 
was the cornerstone on whom each temple rests — 
firmly and solidly? — Yes! Jesus Christ! 

I told you, too, that although all the children in 
the world lived on either Boy Street or Girl Street 
with you and me, still some of them are not built 
on Jesus, the cornerstone, and they have no stories 
of Jesus stored away in their memory-attic, because 
no one has ever told them about Him, of course. God 
wants each one of us to grow up right, and these 
other children get started wrong, and so have to 
keep on wrong all the time. 

How many of you have ever seen a house being 
built? Tell me — what is the first thing the builders 
do? Put on the roof? No, of course not! They 
begin down on the ground, with a cornerstone, then 
stone by stone they lay the foundation, even and 
straight and strong. They have funny blue sheets 
of paper called blue prints to go by. By and by af- 
ter the walls get too high for the builders to reach 
up to put on more rows of stone, then they build 
a queer wooden frame work all around the house. 
It has a queer name — scaffolding, although I am 
sure you know it, don't you? The builders stand on 
the scaffolding to lay on their stones, until by and 
by they make a still higher row of scaffolding to 
reach the very tip-top of the roof. 

In building your little house-of-self, your Temple, 
there was scaffolding all around you, so different 
kinds of builders could help you grow. 



School was one row of scaffolding, where the 
arithmetic teacher and the spelling teacher and the 
geography teacher laid on row after row of little 
solid facts to help you grow straight. Sunday School 
was another row of scaffolding, a little higher up, 
where the teacher laid on a hymn here, a Bible 
verse there, a prayer here, an offering there to help 
you grow straighter and truer yet. Signal Lights 
was another row of scaffolding near the Sunday 
School row, to help in building a missionary vision 
and to teach all you boys and girls of Boy Street 
and Girl Street to want to tell others about Jesus. 
Church was the next highest row of scaffolding, 
where each sermon the preacher preached helped you 
to grow a little nearer God. 

Just think what fine straight Temples of God 
we ought to be, with all these busy builders work- 
ing on us every day! Yet we aren't perfect, are we? 
Some of us get just as crooked as crooked can be! 
But on Boy Street and Girl Street there live brown 
children and yellow children and red children and 
lots and lots of white children who have no one to 
help them build their temples up straight, so they 
can get nearer God. In fact they don't know they 
are temples of God, or that they need what you and 
I need, to help them grow. 

But the grown-up people in our church have al- 
ways known about it, and for years and years they 
have said : "We must tell all the boys and girls in our 
care, all round the world, to grow right." So they 
have sent teachers for schools and Sunday Schools 
into foreign lands and you would be surprised to 
know that brown children are exactly as bright as 
white children when they are taught. 

But when I walk along the avenues of our city 
and see a building going up, with lonely workmen 
way up in the air. on scaffolding, working patiently 
away, then I say to myself: "How lonely they look 
way up there ! I wonder if it isn't a bit dangerous. 
I wonder if they wouldn't rather work down nearer 
the earth," and then, of course, I know that unless 
some one works in the dangerous places, that build- 
ing will not grow, and I am glad some one is brave 
and skilful enough to stay up there in all kinds of 
weather and finish the building the way the blue 
print shows it ought to be finished. 

That is just what our missionaries do — yours and 
mine — in some lonely dangerous place they are not 
afraid to build up the little house-of-self on Boy 
Street and Girl Street the world around. They never 
think about whether they would rather work in 
some cleaner, prettier place, with friends all around 
them, for they know the building will never get 
done unless they finish it to look exactly the way 
the Bible tells them. So they travel in queer wagons 
and in queerer boats, they talk in queer languages 
to queer people, they eat queer food and sleep in 
queer houses, but they are so happy to be doing 
worth-while building that they entirely forget to be 



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lonely or uncomfortable. As long as houses need 
scaffolding to help them grow, and as long as boys 
and girls need schools to help them grow, I know 
there will always be builders to do the work, build- 
ing temples of God not made with hands, but pure 
and holy and happy temples, full of sweet voices 
singing, singing, singing! 

Three questions on this story: — 

1 — Who are the builders who help you and me to 
grow up the way we all ought to be? 

2 — Who are the builders in far away lands who 
mould heathen children with such loving hands? 

3 — Mention three things our church ought to do 
to help heathen lands, according to you. 
Song : "Jesus Never Fails." 
Report of D. W. B.'s. 



How many Signal Lights' will place a special sac- 
rifice offering in their Doing Without Boxes during 
the month in memory of the great sacrifice of Je- 
sus. 

Easter Offering. 
Roll Call. 
Secretary's Report. 
Announcements. 
Signal Lights' Benediction: — "Dear Savior, help 

us to be Signal Lights shining for Thee in the 

dark places of the world." Amen. 

Note: — The Signal Lights' Offerings for the Af- 
rican school or the South American National Mis- 
sionaries' children should be sent to Mrs. N. G. Kim- 
mel, Rt. 2, West Alexandria, Ohio. 
Okeechobee, Florida. 



*rogram of Progress 



The National Society has asked us to 
make a gain in membership again this 
year. Last year this was the point at 
which we were weakest. We did gain, 
but we were asked for 600 and we did 
not reach that goal. One thousand was 
asked for in two years, so Ihl.-. year we 
must make up, not only the 400 of tui.= 
year's goal, but the ones lacking in lait 
year's goal. 

Let us approach our women on a 
definite scriptural basis. M'e dare not 
call ourselves Christian and then say 
we have no interest in the missionary 
cause. Let us start with Matthew 28: 
18-20. "All power is given unto me in 
heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore, 
and teach all nations, baptising them in 
the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teachini;- 
them to observe all things whatsoever 
I have commanded you: and lo, I am 
with you alway, even unto the end of 
the world." Thus we show them that 
Christ authorized mission work in a 
definite way. Mark adds his version of 
Christ's attitude in Mark 16:15, when 
he says, "Go ye into all the world and 
preach the gospel to every creature." 
Luke adds to this testimony in Luke 
24:47, where he says, "Repentance and 
remission of sins should be preached in 
His name among all nations, beginning 
at Jei'usalem." Then we have Paul's 
example of his inteipretation of these 
scriptures in Acts 28:30, 31. "And Paul 
dwelt two whole years in his own hired 
house, and received all that came i;' 
unto him, preaching the kingdom of 
God, and teaching those thing-.s which 
concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all 
confidence, no man forbidding him." 

Along with this we have the promises 
of God to be with us always, as found 
in Matthew 28:30 (quoied above) and 
Hebrews 13:5, where it says, "I will 
never leave thee, nor forsake thee." 
Mark gives the evidence of this in 
Mark 16:20b— "The Lord working with 



them and confirming the Word with 
signs following." 

These scriptures should aid us in 
making a definite appeal to all Chris- 
tian women to unite their efforts with 
our organization to further this divine 
command. 



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Cycle of Prayer 



MARCH 
Let Us Pray: 

1. Giving thanks for the promises 
which are contained in His Word. 

2. Giving thanks for the prayers 
which He has answered. 

3. Asking God to turn the hearts of 
our women toward those in Africa and 
South America, who have not heard the 
Gospel story. 

4. Asking God to so direct our giving 
that the new missionaries who are 
ready to go out this year may be sent. 

5. Asking God's blessing upon the 
new Home Mission projects which have 
been inaugurated this year. 



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Workers' Exchange 



OAKVILLE, INDIANA 

Dear Women of the W. M. S.: 

Perhaps you may be interested in 
hearing something of our new Junior 
W. M. S. in Oakville. We organized 
last September with fifteen charter 
members. During the four months in 
which we have been organized we have 
had our regular monthly meetings and 
have been studying Congo Crosses, 
which we have practically completed. 

We have sent $5.00 for the new Mis- 
sion's Home at Ashland and at Christ- 



mas time we sent a box to the Breth- 
ren's Home at Flora. Our present of- 
ficers are Mrs. Elizabeth Kern, Presi- 
dent, Muncie, Indiana, R. R. 2; Mrs. 
Viola Collins, Vice President; Mrs. 
Mary Siewert, Secretary, Muncie, In- 
diana, R. R. 2; Mrs. Jeanette Kern, 
Treasurer; Mrs. Thelma Kern, Corres- 
ponding Secretary, Oakville, Indiana. 

We ask your prayers that we may 
grow into a strong organization, work- 
ing for our Lord and Savior. 

Yours in His name, 
Mrs. Thelma Kern, Cor. Sec'y 



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, W. M. S. 

While removed from some of us by 
miles, yet we rejoice that in spirit this 
Southern California W. M. S. confer- 
ence is very close to us. Mrs. Runyon, 
the capable secretary, reports that the 
work of that District is forging ahead 
and they are trying in every way to 
meet the goals laid down by the nation- 
al society. She also tells us that their 
district meetings are most inspirational 
in character. 

At their last meeting they were for- 
tunate in having Miss Mable Crawford 
from our African field, who is spend- 
ing her furlough time in California, and 
Dr. Taber, who will soon go to Africa 
as a medical missionary. It is no won- 
der their sessions as such an inspi- 
ration when they grasp these opportuni- 
ties to secure such speakers for their 
conferences. Other groups should take 
heed and use this method of giving a 
more missionary tone to their gather- 
ings. 

The following officers will serve this 
district during the coming year: 

President, Mrs. W. A. Ogden, 217 E. 
42nd Street, Los Angeles; Vice Presi- 
dent, Mrs. Miles Taber, Fillmore; Sec- 
retary, Mrs. Ray Runyon, 1427 E. 59th 
Street, Los Angeles; Treasurer, Mrs. 
Beatrice B. Sternquist, 8556 Commer- 
cial Place, South Gate. 

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REPORT OF FINANCIAL SECY 
FOR DEC, 19S6 

Apportionment Fund 

Canton, Ohio $20.25 

Sidney, Ind 14.25 



$34.50 
General Fund 
Refund from Brethren Pub. Co. $28.00 
Gift from Illiokota Conference 8.00 



$36.00 
Brethren Home 

Elkhart, Ind $9.00 

Home Missions 

New Lebanon, Ohio 10.00 

Total of all funds $89.50 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. N. G. Kimmel 



IMPORTANT NOTICE 

PLEASE remember that all National 
Apportionments, Seminary and Thank 
Offerings, except those taken to Con- 
ference, should be sent to Mrs. N. G. 
Kimmel, Rt. 2, West Alexandria, Ohio, 
as usual. ONLY money for the Mis- 
sionaries' Home Equipment is to be 
sent to Mrs. M. A. Stuckey, 1111 King 
Road, Ashland, Ohio. 

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MISSIONS' HOME 
We arc glad to report that 



we were privileged to visit ^ 

Dr. Gribble in the new Mis- •!• 

sions' Home, which the girls J 

•i- of the Sisterhood of Mary 4- 

and Martha have built at ^ 

4- Ashland for furloughed mis- ^ 

J sionaries. It is a lovely, sub- ^ 

stantial and comfortable J 

home. It is equipped with + 

+ enough to "get by" with, but i; 

there ai'e many needs yet un- •}< 

supplied and much money yet ^ 

needed to pay for the furni- 4- 

j^ ture and other equipment J 

which it was necessary to 4- 

buy before the house could be Ijl 

occupied at all. J 

The committee has listed •!• 

the following as immediate ^ 

needs : + 

2 pair of pillows. X 

Pillow slips. + 

Silverware for 6. ^ 

Blankets for three beds. j 

Table cloths, sizes: 4. 

52x68; 52x82; 52x96. ^ 

Please write Mrs. A. J. •^ 

McClain before sending ma- i 

terial in order to avoid du- •^ 

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When the center is brought back to 
God, the circumference will adjust it- 
self. 



"The darkest ignorance is ignorance 
of God. The highest knowledge is 
knowledge of God." 



W. M. S. Useful Information 



NATIONAL W. M. S. OFFICERS 

President— Mrs. U. J. Shively, 301 W. 
Market St., Nappanee, Indiana. 

First Vice President— Mrs. S. M. Whet- 
stone, 207 North Second St., Goshen, 
Indiana. 

Second Vice President — Mrs. F. B. 
Frank, 7434 Rockwell Ave., Philadel- 
phia, Pa. 

General Secretary — Mrs Gertrude 
Leedy Briscoe, % Mrs. Nondas Park- 
er, Okeechobee, Florida. 

Financial Secretary — Mrs. N. G. Kim- 
mel, Rt. 2, West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Treasurer— Mrs. M. A. Stuckey, 1111 
King Road, Ashland, Ohio. 

Literature Secretary — Mrs. D. A. C. 
Teeter, 3846 Monroe St., Chicago, 
Illinois. 

Outlook Editors — Mrs. F. C. Vanator, 
820 South St., Fremont, Ohio; 
Miss Bernice Berkheiser, Mexico, Ind. 

Outlook Business Manager — Mrs. Ira 
D. Slotter, 44 West Third St., Ash- 
land, Ohio. 

DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 
Pennsylvania 
President— Mrs. D. C. White, Mt. Pleas- 
ant. 
Vice President — Mrs. F. J. Sibert, 

Masontown. 
Secretary - Treasurer — Mrs. W. H. 
Schaffer Jr., 115 Oak St., Conemaugh. 

Ohio 

President— Mrs. A. E. Whitted, 1033 
East Main St., Louisville. 

Vice President — Mrs. Raymond Ging- 
rich, Ellet. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Emma 
Kimmel, 223 S. Beech St., Bryan. 

Mid-West 

President— Mrs. L. G. Wood, 615 Low- 
man St., Fort Scott, Kansas. 

Vice-President — Mrs. L. A. Myers, Mor- 
rill, Kansas. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Ella Noyes, 
1307 Lane St., Falls City, Nebraska. 

Indiana 
President — Mrs. Clyde Rager, Roann. 
Vice President — Mrs. C. H. Bennett, 

2016 East Market St., Warsaw. 
Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. F. Emerson 

Reed, 210 Ingalls St., Ann Arbor, 

Michigan. 

Southeastern 

President — Mrs. Geo. M. Simpson, Oak 
Hill, West Virginia. 

Vice President — Mrs. J. R. Laughlin, 
143 King St., Hagerstown, Maryland. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. H. E. Bow- 
man, Harrisonburg, Virginia. 



Northwestern 

President — Mrs. W. Stover, Wapato, 
Washington. 

Vice President — Mrs. Don Hadlay, 
Wapato, Washington. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. F. H. Sti\- 
ers, 227 East Princeton Ave., Spo- 
kane, Washington. 

Parlimentarian — Mrs. J. E. Allen, 1327 
West Alice Ave., Spokane, Wash. 

Illiokota 

President — Mrs. Wm. Gray, Garwin, la. 

Vice President — Mrs. Miller, Lanark, 
Illinois. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Mrs. Dale Camp- 
bell, Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Suatliern California 

President — Mrs. W. A. Ogden, 217 
East 42nd St., Los Angeles. 

Vice President— Mrs. Miles Taber, Fill- 
more. 

Secretary— Mrs. Ray Runyon, 1427 E. 
59th St., Los Angeles. 

Treasurer — Mrs. Beatrice B. Stern- 
guist, 8556 Commercial Place, South 
Gate. 



General hiformation 
Send to Mrs. N. G. Kimmel, Rt. 2, 
West Alexandria, Ohio. 

1. National Apportionment of $1.50 1 
per member, payable 75 cents in 
January and 75 cents in July. 

2. Offerings for the Seminary. 

3. Thank offerings which are not 
taken to National Conference. 



Send to Mrs. F. C. Vanator, 820 South 
St., Fremont, Ohio. 
1. All material for publication in the 

W. M. S. Department of the church 

paper. 



Send to Mrs. Ira D. Slotter, 44 West 
Third Street, Ashland, Ohio 
1. All Outlook (W. M. S. Magazine) 
subscriptions. Note: Each Society 
MUST REVISE their subscription 
list and send in complete revision 
once each year. 



Send to Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter, 3846 
Monroe St., Chicago, Illinois. 
1. All orders for books and literature. 



Send to your W. M. S. District Secre- 
tary 

1. Your District Dues. 

2. Your District Missionary Support 
of $1.00 per member. 



gjlrlE SISTERHOOD 



of MART] 

and MARTHA 



Do God's Will 



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Edster in Oubangui-Ch 



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Dr. Florence N. Grihhle 



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That Which Easter symbolizes is outstanding 
in evangelized districts of Oubangui-Chari today. 
Yet Easter set as a day for fancy dressing and feast- 
ing is unknown. 

To our Christian native it might be said that 
every Sunday is Easter, 
that is, a day to rejoice, 
because on the first day 
of the week our Lord 
rose from the dead, and 
a day to give of His sub- 
stance and His produce. 
Perhaps only one great 
difference can be pointed 
out between Easter and 
other Sundays — i.e., — 
the story of the Resurrec- 
tion, however often it 
may have been taught in 
churches and chapels 




Dr. Florence N. 
Grihhle 



throughout the year, is always taught on Easter 
morning. 

What was Easter in Oubangui-Chari before the 
missionary entered there? Easter did not exist. 
There was no knowledge of Christ, none of the resur- 
rection, none whatever of a special day to commem- 
orate that glorious event. 

And even now we might profitably speak in de- 
tail of what Easter is not. 

It is not a day for new dresses. Even the mission- 
aries who are, in the eyes of the frequently naked 
native, extremely rich, do not have special clothes 
for Easter. If the missionary lady has a favorite 
gown in her outfit, she will wear that on Easter 
Sunday, it is true. And if the native sister has a 
gown at all, she will wear it on Easter and every 
other Sunday. Ordinarily she wears leaves, beauti- 
ful, but frankly insufficient. 

Oubangui-Chari knows naught of Easter-rabbits, 
Easter-eggs and Easter-bonnets. There are rabbits, 
but no special Easter species. There are eggs, but 
no special Easter brand. There are no bonnets. The 
missionary lady wears a helmet, or occasionally a 
broad-brimmed double felt hat to church on Easter 
Sunday. Needless to say, it is the one she has worn 
every preceding day of the year, and perhaps the 



year or years before. The native sister wears a 
bright colored kerchief -turban to church on Sunday, 
and as often as she feels she can afford it during 
the week, but there is no new kerchief for Easter. 

But in order to see what Easter is, let us turn 
to the resurrection story. Oh what joy it has 
brought in Oubangui-Chari ! 

There stands a dear young mother by a new made 
grave. The dear babe which has just been buried 
out of her sight, had come in answer to prayer to 
a childless home. The parents had given her,— that 
precious, cooing, kicking, curly-haired, dark-eyed 
brunette baby, — to the Lord. And now He has taken 
her. What is the thought that comforts that sorrow- 
ing mother-heart? "Them also which sleep in Jesus 
will God bring with Him." I Thessalonians 4:14. 
And how could that be without the resurrection? 

There sits a young wife by a crude hospital bed. 
The doctor has said there is no earthly hope. And 
so in the young husband's last conscious moments, 
they have turned afresh to their Heavenly hope. 
Softly the dying man comforts the stricken wife, 
quoting in their native tongue words which the Sun- 
day School lesson has taught him, words which he 
has often taught to others, I Corinthians 15:55: 
"Oh, death, where is thy sting? Oh, grave, where is 
thy victory?" 

There during the hospital service sits a young 
man. He has been mauled by a leopard. The doctor 
is on furlough, but the faithful nurse has been vic- 
torious in the hard-fought battle, and his life has 
been spared. At his bedside Christ has been faith- 
fully preached, not only by the missionary nurse, 
but by the faithful hospital evangelist. 

And now at the hospital service this same evan- 
gelist is preaching from I Corinthians 15:19. "If 
in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of 
all men most miserable." "Surely," he thinks, as he 
views the ugly scars of wounds now healed, "surely, 
in this life I have found hope in Christ, for through 
the Christian hospital I have been healed." And 
softly to him the Spirit whispers : "Shall your hope 
in Christ be in this life only? Where will you spend 
eternity? Will you have part in the first resurrec- 
tion?" Now the evangelist is giving the invitation. 
And the young man, with all the force of the adver- 



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sary against him, struggles to his feet, and rejoices 
the heart of the missionary, of Christian brethren, 
and of the Lord Himself, as he says: "I take Jesus." 
Such instances are numerous. Dear Sisterhood 
girls, at this Eastertime will you not resolve anew, 
that the Easter story, — the resurrection story, — 
shall permeate every nook and corner, not only of 
Oubangui-Chari, but of the other yet unevangelized 
portions of the world? 



Will you not say, dear girls, with Paul, ■ — "But 
thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through 
our Lord Jesus Christ." I Corinthians 15:57. 

"Therefore, my beloved (sisters), be ye steadfast, 
unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the 
Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not 
in vain in the Lord." I Corinthians 15:58. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



Senior Ueuolional Program 



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Topic for March: Congo Crosses, Chapter 5 



Hymn: "He Leadeth Me." 

He leadeth me! O blessed tho't! 

O words with heav'nly comfort fraught! 

Whate'er I do, where'er I be. 

Still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me. 

Chorus: 

He leadeth me. He leadeth me. 
By His own hand He leadeth me: 
His faithful follower I would be. 
For by His hand He leadeth me. 

Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine. 
Nor ever murmur nor repine. 
Content, whatever lot I see, 
Since 'tis my God that leadeth me! 

And when my task on earth is done. 
When, by Thy grace, the vict'ry's won, 
E'en death's cold wave I will not flee, 
Since God thro' Jordan leadeth me. 

Scripture Lesson : Luke 10:30-42. 
Hymn : "Tell It Today." 

Dear is the story of wonderful love 
Told of a Savior who came from above, 
Bore all our sins and in sorrow and shame 
Suffered and died a lost world to reclaim. 

Chorus: 

Tell it today, it will brighten the way. 

Tell it today, tell it today; 

No other theme can such blessing bestow; 

Joy will come to someone if you tell it today. 

Torn were His feet by the briars of scorn; 
Pierced was His forehead by many a thorn; 
Wounded for us were His hands and His side. 
Broken the heart of the Lord crucified. 

When with the loved ones who've gone on before. 
Ransomed we stand on that beautiful shore; 
When in His beauty our Savior we see. 
Oh, what a glorious day that will be! 

Prayer: Thank God for His Word and that it has 
been given for all people; thank Him for those 
who have made it possible for us to know and be- 
lieve this gospel; thank Him for those who have 
encouraged us to serve Christ; pray that we may 
always live the Christ-like life that we may lift 



the cross for many weary travellers ; pray for the 
coming Easter season and its meaning to the 
Brethren church and the work of our Foreign Mis- 
sions; ask Him to bless our mission study and ll 
this devotional program. 

Mission Study : Chapter V. The Cross Along the 
Road. 

Suggestions for Chapter V. — Poster: Upon a J 
sheet of heavy white paper or cardboard (15" x 20") i 
as a background, place a map of Africa made of ' 
black construction paper. Across the top of the map i 
in white pencil or ink write "The Cross Along the 
Road." Below sketch a crossroads, see page 150 of ■ 
text. At the top center formed by the crossroads, 
place a sign post. In the center of the crossroads i, 
place a figure outlined in white. Follow as nearly as i 
possible the suggestion given on page 150 of the ■ 
text. At the left of the map write in black, "The Way 
of Light or the Way of Darkness — Which Shall it 
Be?" At the bottom write the date, place and lead- 
er's name. 

Invitation : On a postcard or white paper draw a 
signpost similar to one on page 150 of the text. Be- 
neath write the words : 

The sign at the crossroads will show you the way. 
If you answer the drum call on next missions day. 

Recreation: Hand clapping game: The players , 
form two lines facing each other. The first player I 
in one of the lines becomes the leader. The leader ! 
and the player opposite her hold their arms up in 
the air. The leader squats quickly down, clapping 
her hands together, and throws out one hand, the 
left or the right as she wishes. The girl opposite 
must follow her movements simultaneously and 
throw out her hand to match. If she throws out her 
left and the leader the right, or vice versa, she is 



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wounded and drops to the end of the line. If she 
throws out the proper hand the leader is wound- 
ed. Anyone who is wounded three times is dead. 
When the leader of one side is dead, her opponent 
becomes leader. The game continues until all but 
one are dead. Laughing Game— The leader appoints 
one of the girls to be it. This one stands before each 
of her sister players and tries to make them laugh 
by mimicing animals, well-known people etc. If she 
does not succeed, she passes on until she catches 
some one. If she does, the other person takes her 
place. The girls should sit in a circle for the game. 
Story Telling Game — The leader gives the opening 
paragraph, or beginning of the story, and each girl 
continues with it, by adding a little. Here is a start : 
Outside of a small grass hut sat a little black- 
skinned girl stringing beads on a long reed. Occa- 
sionally, she glanced up and watched her brother 



who was down at the river giving their favorite 
elephant a bath, etc. 

Refreshments: Banana salad with grated nuts on 
top, cocoanut cookies, coffee. 

— Josephine Garber. 

Topic — Easter in' Oubangui-Chari. 

Report of Mission Home Project. You will want 
to refer to the article under the heading "Mis- 
sion Home" and also Dr. Bauman's article on 
"What the Missionaries' Home Means to the For- 
eign Missionary Board." 

Business : Check on Bible reading ; remind the girls 
that the Thank Offering will be taken next month ; 
if you have not had a bandage rolling, plan to do 
so soon ; see if your society can make any special 
offering for Foreign Missions at Eastertime. 

Benediction : Psalm 145 :1, 2. 



A School Invades the African Bush 



Mabel Crawford 



It is Seven-thirty on a Monday morning on a 
mission station in Central Africa. The six-thirty 
church service has just closed and the people are 
dispersing to their homes. The missionaries, busy 
about their early morning household tasks, are sud- 
denly conscious of unusual din and confusion out in 
the yard. In answer to a query addressed to the 
"boys" comes the reply that the candidates for the 
new school are gathering. "Oh, yes, today is the 
day of days," sighs the missionary teacher, knowing 
the difficult task before her. A hasty glance out of 
the window reveals dozens upon dozens, literally 
hundreds, of boys, big, little and in between, filling 
the yard and causing such a din as only a crowd of 
African natives can cause. 

Hastily finishing her household tasks, the teacher 
gathers up her books and starts for the schoolhouse 
— a simple building with mud walls and a thatch 
roof — followed by her clambering retinue. What a 
day is before them ! For the teacher there are hours 
of interviewing and difficult decisions; for many 
children refusal and disappointment ; for the chosen 
few a vista of new opportunities and privileges. 

A few days before word had gone out that on this 
particular day the new French school would be 
opened at the Mission Station. Carried from village 
to village by travellers, the word has penetrated to 
the ends of the tribe and almost every village is rep- 
resented in the assembled throng. 

The children are lined up and interviewed one by 
one. Many, to whom the teacher had to "look up," 
are quickly dismissed by the teacher for being be- 
yond the fourteen year age limit set by the French 



government. Others, too small, are also sent home to 
wait a couple of years. Then begins the more diffi- 
cult task of trying to select about seventy-five of 
those about ten or twelve years old who might be 
intelligent enough to grasp the meaning of educa- 
tion. How greatly the teacher felt that she was 
making a leap into the dark. It would take more than 
human wisdom to see into the future of those boys 
and girls and know who would be successful in h's 
schooling and, more important still, who would be- 
come a power for God. 

Gradually the list of pupils grows and as pupils 
are chosen they must go to the missionary nurse for 
examination for leprosy. A number, who seem bright 
and promising, have to be sent home with the curse 
of leprosy upon them. After several days question- 
ing, examining, compiling of records, et cetera, the 
school is ready to function. The lucky children come 
full of enthusiasm but lacking in all sense of dis- 
cipline, obedience, or concentration. Many of them 
have no homes and are accustomed to doing com- 
pletely as they wish. Conformation to school routine 
and discipline is, perhaps, the greatest stumbling 
block in the pathway of those who can not "make 
the grade." Accustomed to a life of haphazard liv- 
ing, they find it extremely difficult to do things ac- 
cording to the "white man's hour." 

Except on vacations and unusual days (when be- 
cause of rain, a big hunt, or any one of a half dozen 
other providential things, the teacher relaxes her 
iron hand of discipline) the African school boy's 
day is rather full. The rising drum at six o'clock is 
usually obeyed by all since they know that their at- 



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tendance at six-thirty church service is expected. Be- 
cause they usually defer their bathing until later and 
eat no breakfast they do not need long to prepare 
for the service. After church, at seven-fifteen, there 
is a class for those who are awaiting baptism. Be- 
tween eight and eight-thirty they are all expected 
to go to the river to bathe. Since boys are boys even 
in Africa it sometimes takes "forceful persuasion" 
to have spick and span students on a snappy morn- 
ing. 

A visit in the school room from eight-thirty until 
almost noon would reveal it a hive of activity with 
music, hand work, reading, writing, and arithmetic 
taking their rightful places in the morning's activi- 
ties. During the morning there is one short recess 
when all the hale and hearty have recreation while 
all those with stubbed toes, colds, intestinal para- 
sites, and a thousand kindred ills must be cared for 
at the dispensary. All the work of the morning is 
conducted in French which is the official language 
of Central Africa. The afternoon from one-thirty to 
three-thirty, is devoted to a study of the Word of 
God. 



The school must have a dormitory for those who 
have no other home nearby. The majority of the 
food for the school is raised by the boys themselves 
in the school gardens. This garden work occupies 
the hours from four to six. 

Since they have no lights and no home equipment, 
they are very seldom given "home work" and thus 
have their evenings for recreation. And how they 
do enjoy their games! They would play far into the 
night around their campfires, were they not silenced 
by the dormitory "captain" or the teacher's whistle. 

To the teacher of such a school every day brings 
new problems and privileges, joys and disappoint- 
ments, heartaches and rejoicing. To the boys and 
girls it brings new discoveries, a new sense of re- 
sponsibility, and new joys. And thus, as they work 
together, the heart of Africa is being touched; her 
children are beginning to respond to teaching; and 
a new social and intellectual era for Africa is open- 
ing along the trail of the Cross. 
On furlough, 
Whittier, Calif. 



What the Missionaries Home Means to 
The Foreign Missionary Board 



Louis S. Bamnan 



Only Those Who Sit upon the Foreign Board 
and together for hours discuss its problems, can 
know what this new Missionaries' Home in Ashland, 
Ohio, means to the work of the Foreign Board. How 
we wish we might bring every member of the Sis- 
terhood, whose thoughtfulness and loving sacrifices 
made this Home possible, to understand what this 
gift of theirs really means. 

Some of our missionaries have loving friends at 
home, who welcome them with open arms when they 
return from years of arduous labor under the equa- 
torial sun of Central Africa, or the none-the-less 
difficult field in Argentina. But not all of them are 
so fortunate as to have these loved ones to welcome 
them into their homes. Moreover, those who have 
loved ones to welcome them, are not always in a 
position to do so. These missionaries have little ones, 
who can best be cared for when they live to them- 
selves in their own home. The Foreign Board, on a 
number of occasions, has been compelled to pay 
rent for missionaries during a part of their stay 
in the homeland. Of course, all of this rental will 
now be saved to the treasury for the work of send- 
ing other missionaries into the Fields. 

Jt should be understood by all that when our mis- 



sionaries are on furlough in the homeland, the Board 
pays them their regular allowances. However, a mis- 
sionary's allowance is based upon his needs as they 
appear when they are in service on the Field. On 
the Field, the Board has its missionaries' homes, and 
the missionaries pay no rent. When the missionary 
is in the homeland, however, he cannot bring his 
African or South American home with him, and he 
must be provided either with a larger allowance that 
will enable him to secure a house in the homeland, 
or he must be provided with such a home. 

With this Missionaries' Home, this increased al- 
lowance will not be necessary, and, again, substan- 
tial saving to the treasury of the Foreign Board is 
in evidence. 

After being provided with this Home, the allow- 
ance of a missionary remaining the same as when 
on the Field is small enough to meet their needs. 
Indeed it is too small — the African missionaries es- 
pecially are compelled to wear better clothing and 
to pay more for their food, and, in fact, for nearly 
everything, than they are obliged to pay upon the 
Field. 

However, the greatest blessing of this Home must 
be viewed from another standpoint. Those of us who 



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travel, especially with families, know what a wear- 
isome life it is to be forever dependent upon the 
kindness and generosity, no matter how great, of 
our friends in their homes. After years of service, 
every missionary is entitled to all the quietude that 
is possible for him to have, while recuperating for 
further service on the Field. This can only be had 
when he can hide away from the world and all of 
its troubles, into his own little nest, there to enjoy 
the fellowship and become acquainted again with 
his own children, from whom, in some cases of neces- 
sity, he has been separated through years. 
We doubt if any gift could have been made to the 



work of our Foreign Board that will be more ap- 
proved by the Master, Who, through His Spirit, is 
directing all our work, and which will be more ap- 
preciated by those faithful servants of God during 
their stay in the homeland. May God bless every 
one of you Sisterhood Girls ! On behalf of the For- 
eign Board, we wish to thank you in the Master's 
name, and from the bottom of our own hearts, and 
we know that in extending this appreciation and 
sending to you this expression of our gratitude, every 
missionary, both in Africa and in South America, 
will join with a hearty, "Amen!" 
Long Beach, Calif. 



Junior Devotional Program 



Topic for March: Camp Fires in the Congo, Chapter 5 



Hymn: "If Jesus Goes With Me." 

It may be in the valley, wheie countless dangers hide; 
It may be in the sunshine that I, in peace, abide; 
But this one thing I know — if it be dark or fair, 
If Jesus is with me, I'll go anywhere! 

Chorus: 

If Jesus goes with me, I'll go — Anywhere! 

'Tis heaven to me, 

Where'er I may be, 

If He is there! 

I count it a privilege here 

His cross to bear; 

If Jesus goes with me, I'll go — Anywhere! 

It may be I must carry the blessed word of life 
Across the burning deserts to those in sinful strife; 
And tho, it be my lot to bear my colors there, 
It Jesus goes with me, I'll go anywhere: 

It is not mine to question the judgments of my Lord, 
It is but mine to follow the leadings of His Word; 
But if to go or stay, or whether here or there, 
I'll be, with my Savior, content anywhere! 

Bible Lesson: Psalm 115:1-9. 
Hymn : "I Love to Tell the Story." 

I love to tell the story, of unseen things above. 
Of Jesus and His glory. Of Jesus and His love. 
I love to tell the story. Because I know 'tis true; 
It satisfies my longing as nothing else can do. 

Chorus: 

I love to tell the story, 'Twill be my theme in glory 

To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love. 

I love to tell the story, 'Tis pleasant to repeat 
What seems each time I tell it, More wonderfully sweet. 
I love to tell the story. For some have never heard 
The message of salvation from God's own holy Word. 

I love to tell the story, For those who know it best 
Seem hungering and thirsting, To hear it like the rest. 
And when in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song, 
'Twill be the old, old story 'That I have loved so long. 



Prayer : Thank our Father for this story of Jesus 
and His love; thank Him for your pastor, your 
teachers, your Sisterhood patroness and all those 
who help you to know of Jesus and His love; ask 
God to care for those who are serving Him in 
dark and dangerous places ; pray that God may be 
glorified through the Easter offering. 

Chorus: "I Will Make You Fishers of Men." 



I will make you fishers of men 

Fishers of men, fishers of men. 
I will make you fishers of men 

If you follow me. 

Chorus: 

If you follow me, 

If you follow me, 
I will make you fishers of men 

If you follow me. 

Hear Christ calling, "Come unto me. 

Come unto me, come unto me." 
Hear Christ calling, "Come unto me, 

I will give you rest." 

I will give you rest, 

I will give you rest, 
Hear Christ calling, "Come unto me, 

1 will give you rest." 

Topic: Life of Mary Slessor — Part IV. 

Mission Home : Ask your patroness, your pastor's 
wife or someone from the W. M. S. or Senior 
Sisterhood to tell you about the work that has been 
done on the Mission Home and how happy all the 
folks are about it. Ask them to tell you, too, about 
our Easter offering and the different places our 
missionaries are working. 

Business: Report on your Bible reading — you 
should have about 20 chapters read in order to 



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complete the Book of Acts in May; remind the 

g-irls that the mite box offering is received at 

the next meeting. 
Benediction: Psalm 145:1, 2. 
Suggestion for Mission Study. 

From the "National Geographic," from steamship 
folders, travel books, geographies and encyclopedias, 
gather pictures and stories about Africa's famous 



diamond and gold mines, and the life in these cen- 
ters of activities. The opening of this chapter may' 
be connected with I Kings 9:27 and 28, stressing 
the cleverness of these people in being able to gather 
so much gold with such crude tools. On the map of 
Africa you will want to locate Kimberley, Johannes- 
burg, and Capetown as each is described in the 
story. 



A Gold Nugget From Gods Mine 



Bernard N. Schneider 



If Yiou Have Ever Traveled through the Alle- 
gheny mountains in Virginia you have probably 
wondered about the people who live and work in 
this wooded and forbidding section of our country. 
Dick Holland could tell you all about the mountains 
because about twenty-four years ago in a lonely 
cabin, several miles from a church or school, Dick 
was born. What a strong, healthy chap he became! 
Although his parents were poor and uneducated, 
they managed to provide their three children with 
plenty of good food and warm clothing. 

Every day Dick helped his father chop the sup- 
ply of wood which was to heat the cabin. He was 
busy summer and winter, plowing, carrying rocks 
away from the fields, planting, harvesting, hunting, 
and occasionally helping his mother with her work. 
When he was eleven, Dick was as strong as most 
of the men. Indeed, he began to think he was quite 
a fellow. 

Tom Travers lived just over the mountain from 
the Holland homestead. Tom was fifteen and con- 
sidered himself fully able to join his older brothers 
in either work or play. 

Dick's mother and father loved the Lord and read 
their Bible every day. However, Tom had never seen 
a Bible until Dick had explained just what sort of 
book his family were always reading. He told his 
friend that if he believed the Bible he would not 
drink whiskey, smoke, or swear. Tom laughed aloud. 
"You're a sissy, Dick," he sneered, "for me, I'll take 
my drinks along with the rest of the men." 

Dick began to wonder if Tom did not know more 
about how to enjoy himself in this world than his 
Bible-reading parents knew. From that day, he 
sought to become as rough as Tom. He borrowed 
a pipe and slipped away at night to drink with the 
other men. Great oaths became a part of his conver- 
sation. At times, when he saw his mother kneel and 
pray his heart softened, but after a year he became 
hard enough to say, "Ma, you are wasting your time 
praying. There ain't no God and I know it." 

An evangelist came to hold a meeting among the 



mountain folk. Tom and Dick decided to attend, not 
because they wanted to hear the word of God but 
because this was an opportunity to have some real 
fun. The evangelist spoke kindly, but Tom and 
Dick laughed aloud to interrupt him and scraped 
their feet on the floor to make a noise. One night 
Dick heard these words, "Be not deceived; God is 
not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall 
he also reap." 

Dick Holland knew what these words meant. Had 
he not sown grain with his own hand ? If good wheat 
was planted, the harvest would be abundant. If not, 
the wheat would be lost. He began to see that these 
words from God's Book were for boys just like him. 
The evangelist told very simply the wonderful story 
of God's love. He told those mountain people that 
Jesus had given up his home in heaven to die in 
agony that they might be saved. 

Dick was listening now. He had dropped his head. 
His cheeks burned with shame. Suddenly he left his 
seat and walked down the aisle of the little church. 
He knelt down and asked the Lord to forgive his 
many sins. He told the Lord that he meant to for- 
sake sin and would enter His service. 

There was a glad time in Dick's mountain home 
that night. You can imagine the happy faces of the 
mother and father as their son told them that he 
had decided to become a minister. 

Dick Holland's life is not finished. At the present 
time, he is a student in a theological seminary. 
Through snow and blizzards he walked daily to at- 
tend a school that he might enter the seminary. He 
chopped wood and sold it for a small sum. It was a 
happy young man who at last was able to pack his 
clothes and start for school. 

Dick would be glad to tell you about the mountains 
and his people. But first, he would want to tell you 
the story of God's love and what it has done for 
him. 
Covington, Va. 



"No home is built with hands alone/ 



rrebi-ua,ry 13, 1937 



Life of Mary Slessor — Part Four 



J. p. Kliever 



Mary Having Written these words: "I am going 

a new tribe upcountry, a fierce, cruel people, and 
ivery one tells me that they will kill me. But I don't 
■ear any hurt — only to combat their savage customs 
vill require firmness and courage on my part," 
starts for this new tribe. 

1 These people obeyed no law, and recognized no 
jiuthority. It was each man's duty to have more 
ijvives, slaves, children, and to capture more heads 
Ihan the other man. They thought that the best way 
p get the most was to steal them from their neigh- 
wr, and that meant that there was much fighting. 

i Whenever a chief died, many people were killed. 
The witch doctor would be called and all that he 
ivould name would be killed, because they thought 
'.hese had caused the death. Many times over forty 
oeople would be killed for the death of one chief. 
I Mary had tried to get to these people three times 
before, and each time armed men, women and chil- 
dren kept them from coming in. This time she was 
Ij-oing without any soldiers, so Mary and her little 
Lmily started for these tribes. Mary's family was 
made up of children that parents had thrown into 
!the forest to die, and she found them and took them 
in as her children. 
i As Mary neared the village, she was wondering 



what she would find. When she got there everything 
was quiet and deserted. There had been a death and 
the people were out to see that enough would be for 
it. Mary had been praying much, that the Lord 
would open the door for her to go in, so as she got 
there she went right in and they gave her a house 
to live in and even let her start a school ; so you see 
the Lord was starting to answer her prayers. 

Many exciting things happened, more than we 
can tell you now ; but after a few years, Mary had 
won a place in the hearts of the villagers, and had 
won their respect and was asked to help solve many 
of their problems of village government. The tribes 
also became more friendly with each other, and 
many times Mary saved many lives of people be- 
cause of her bravery and by endurance in times of 
trouble. Even the chiefs were now anxious to do 
what she asked them to do. She said the reason for 
this was that she was trusting the same God that 
kept the lions from eating Daniel. She was only a 
woman, but she was trusting a strong God. This 
same God that Mary trusted wants you to trust Him 
also; and the way to learn to know Him and find 
what He has for you is through our Lord Jesus 
Christ. (Read John 14:6 and 1:2.) 
Ashland, Ohio. 



Suggestions to Stewardship Secretaries 



We have had some inquiries as to 
the method societies may use in meet- 
ing the goal on stewardship. 

Last year, through the five year pro- 
gram, you studied stewardship. Your 
devotional meetings were centered 
around stewardship. You learned a bit 
better the meaning of real stewardship, 
and how best to give of your time, mon- 
ey and talents to your Master. In all 
suggestions for your programs and 
thoughts that aided you in planning 
your work, stewardship was given up- 
permost thought. It was the desire of 
the ones planning these programs that, 
through this study, you might have a 
better understanding of your responsi- 
bility to your Master in all things. 

Suppose you have studied Latin in 
school. You have learned your vocabu- 
laries, the declensions and conjugations, 
and all else that goes with the study 
of Latin. But, you know that if you 



study Latin for just one year, and the 
next year never open a book and have 
nothing to do with the subject, it is 
not long until all you ever knew about 
Latin has been forgotten. It helps very 
much to have someone, possibly a 
teacher, or an older brother or sister, 
to continually encourage in the study 
of the subject. 

And, so it may be with the learning 
of what real stewardship means. You 
have learned it; but now someone may 
be needed to encourage you in your 
stewardship that it may become a very 
vital part of your life. It is true, that 
if we really live close to our Lord, we 
cannot but want to give Him all that 
is His. But in everything we do, wheth- 
er it be little or big, encouragement 
means much for us to "keep on." 

As stewardship secretary, it is your 
duty and privilege to encourage an in- 
dividual plan of systematic giving 



among the girls. In giving, we think 
not only of money, but our time, talent, 
and yes, our lives. 

You may encourage such by a sys- 
tematic plan in your own life. Let oth- 
ers see and know the joy that is yours 
through your consistent life, and they, 
Loo, will want to do so. 

As a special suggestion, try making a 
study of Scripture verses that will en- 
courage systematic stewardship among 
the girls. 

The Word of God hidden in the heart 
of any girl is an effective safeguard 
against covetousness, as well as any 
other sin. To aid you in this study of 
stewardship Scripture verses we sug- 
gest a little booklet called "Steward- 
ship Scripture Memory Verses." You 
will find that it gathers together some 
of the main Scriptures on the subject 
of stewardship, and so opens veins to 
a wealth of truth on the subject. Some 
societies may desire to offer some sim- 
ple award to those who memorize the 
passages. 

There may be some societies who did 



su 

not use the stewardship literature listed 
last year in connection with the pro- 
gram. If you did not use it, you will 
find it very helpful. 

We trust that these suggestions may 
aid you to "Give an account of thy 
stewardship," Luke 16:2. And may you 
truly say — "In the uprightness of mine 
heart, I will willingly offer all these 
things." I Chron. 29:17. 

Following is the list and prices of 
available, helpful stewardship litera- 
ture. Send all orders to Dorothy Whit- 
ted, 1033 E. Main St., Louisville, Ohio. 
Stewardshii) Literature 

Stewardship Memory Verses 02 

Coinage of Life 02 

Myself 02 

Shedding One's Blood 02 

My Cake 02 

Immortal Money 02 

The Flight of Mr. Simpson 02 

Marjorie's Memorandum 02 

Thanksgiving Ann 05 

The Party Dress 05 

4ccounting That Costs, 

2 girls, 1 boy 10 

Two Dramatizations 15 

Which of These Three? 
The Second Mile. 
Stewardship Stories, for Juniors . . .50 
Stewardship, Life, Service 50 

From the JTlail Bag 

SENIOR SISTERHOOD OF 

BETHLEHEM, HARRISONBURG, 
VIRGINIA 
Dear Sisterhood Girls: 

As you have not heard from us since 
last winter I will endeavor again to 
write and tell you of some of our work. 

We are a busy society with Miss Wil- 
da May Good, president; Rosalin Good, 
vice-president; Leona Raish, secretary, 
and Brown Lee Spitzer, treasurer. 

We meet at the homes once each 
month for our devotional meetings. We 
packed two Christmas boxes which we 
sent to Lyda Carter. There were twen- 
ty present at that meeting. 

Our patroness, Mrs. Fred Spitzer, ex- 
rlained to us girls what a great work 
tile girls are doing in building a home 
for our missionaries. We are all very 
much enthused over this and hope and 
pray that we can always do our part 
in all the good works. 

We are looking forward to our next 
meeting at which we will roll band- 
ages to be sent to Africa. 

We wish all the girls a bright and 
liappy New Year. 

May we go forward with greater zeal 
to "do His will." 

— Marie Dowell. 



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"My Lord!" exclaimed once a devout 
soul, "give me every day a little work 
to occupy my mind; a little suffering 
to sanctify my spirit; a little good to 
do to comfort my heart." 



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SENIOR BIBLE STUDY 



RUTH 



Introduction: 

The Book of Ruth is written without a name of an author or an in- 
dication of its date. Nevertheless its place in the scriptures is not to 
be doubted. The Jews ordered it read in the synagogue on the five spe- 
cial occasions during the year known as the festivals. 

The events of this lovely story should be read in connection with 
Judges, as it presents a picture of the social affairs of that time. 

The Book is considered as a literary gem by critics. It is a com- 
panion book with Esther in that these two alone portray a woman as the 
chief character. Ruth is a Moabite who marries a Hebrew in the ances- 
tral line of royalty and Esther is a Jewess who marries a Gentile of a 
royal line. 

The Book of Ruth is not a doctrinal book. It is ethical and histori- 
cal in its teaching. Among the ethical implications one discovers: 

1. Steadfastness in filial piety. 

2. Sincerity in duty and affection. 

3. Security in righteous dealings. 

Its chief aim is to record an event of intense interest and great im- 
portance in the family history of David and incidentally to illustrate 
ancient custom and marriage law. The life of Ruth is important in the 
eyes of the narrator because she forms a link in the ancestry of the 
greatest king of Israel. Another point of interest in the history is that 
David's father, who logically should have preceded him, could not have 
been made king because of a curse resting upon the house of Pharez 
and his descendants unto ten generations. (Recall the unfortunate birth 
of Phai'ez and the Deutronomical law forbidding him or his successors 
to the tenth generation to come into the congregation of the Lord) Gen. 
38; Deut. 23:2. The Messiah was to come from the tribe of Judah and 
He was to be the Lion of the tribe. Saul was a Benjamite and not in 
position to establish a lasting royal lineage. David was the first man 
since Judah and incidentally since Jacob's dying blessing that could 
rightfully establish the promised royal line of the Messiah, cf. Gen. 
49:10; II Sam. 7:13-16. 

In a very striking way Ruth becomes a type of the Church and Boaz 
becomes a type of Christ as our near Kinsman-Redeemer. 

Chapter one — The Wise Choice of Ruth. 

Content: 1. Ruth, a Gentile in ohscurittj, is brought into prominence. 
This is done through association with the Royal Line of Israel. 

2. Ruth desired to stay with Naomi. She determined to maintain 
her friendship even though Elimelech, Mahlon and Chilion had passed 
away. 

3. Ruth declared her famous renounciation of old things and her 
acceptance of the new. It meant a change of her land, fiiends and God. 
Our conversion should have led us to new interests, work, companions 
and of course to the acceptance of the true God in heaven. 

Key Verse 16. 

Chapter 2 — The Humble Industry of Ruth. 

Content: 1. Ruth willinglij ivent to work for the necessities of the 
liome. She went to glean grain after the reapers. 

2. Boaz willinglji provided extra grain for her. He instructed the 
reapers to care for her and purposely drop some for her. 

3. Boaz accepted her into his household and offered her food. He 
made room for her at the table at mealtime. 

4. Ruth delivered approximately one bushel of barley to Naomi. 
She gathered it and beat it out herself. 

Key Verse 12. 

Chapter 3 — Ruth's Acceptance of Wise Counsel. 

Content: 1. Ruth rests from her work to call on Boaz to perform 
his duty as a kinsman redeemer. Naomi instructed her in this matter 
and the particular social call was acceptable in truly oriental society. 

2. Boaz recognized his duty and pledged his support to Ruth and 
Naomi. It involved a redemption of the lost farm and future provisions 
for Ruth and Naomi. 

3. Boaz gave her more) grain as a token of his hospitality. 
Chapter 4 — lluth's Acceptance of Rewards. 

Content: 1. Boaz determined the will of the man wlio was a nearer 



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kinsman than himself. The man surrendered his right to redeem the 
lost farm and is lost in obscurity. 

2. Boaz pledged himself to redeem the property. He became promi- 
nent in history for his noble act. 

3. Ruth became the wife of Boaz and the grandmother of David. 
Here is an Old Testament example of God's wonderful grace for a Gen- 
tile comes into the favored line of David. 

Christ is our near Kinsman-Redeemer who bought us and claims 
us. He also is the Bridegroom and we (of the Church) are constituting 
the Bride. 



we may again see the need of going 
"Into the uttermost parts." 



Key Verse 14. 



Ulission Home Fund 



THE MISSIONARIES' RESIDENCE 
IS OCCUPIED! 

By the time you will be reading this, 
our Missionaries' residence will be oc- 
cupied. Dr. Gribble and Marguerite will 
be the first occupants. Rev. and Mrs. 
Paul Dowdy will be living there a short 
while before leaving for South Amer- 
ica. So, you can realize how much 
worth while our work has been, for the 
house has been put into use just as 
soon as completed. 

] We call it the "house" or the "home," 
ut in reality it is TWO HOUSES. We 
ave really built two houses, for you 
will remember from previous reports 
that it consists of two completely sep- 
arate apartments. 

Surely every Sisterhood girl who has 
the work of the Sisterhood of Mary 
and Martha truly at heart will have 
much cause for rejoicing over this news. 
And how fine that Marguerite and her 
mother can be our first occupants! 

When passing through or near Ash- 
land be sure to stop off and see it. 
Everyone seems to be very deeply im- 
pressed with the fine appearance of 
the house from the outside, and the 
roomy and convenient arrangement of 
the interior. As soon as the yard has 
been straightened up a bit, we shall 
have some pictures in the Sisterhood 
department so that you may have a 
glimpse of it. 

Now, that the goal has been actually 
realized and the HOUSES are occu- 
pied surely many girls will want to 
sacrifice just a bit more that we may 
realize the high hopes and the many 
expectations that have been ours 
through the years. 

Possibly you have heard these things 
many times in the last few years, but 
the truly enthusiastic Sisterhood girl 
will never tire of them. She will be so 
happy over this joy in the near comple- 
tion of this task that she will want to 
double her pledge. Remember, we still 
have $1600 to raise to finish the goal. 
Let us give, not to realize the goal 
alone; but let us give because our 
hearts are so happy and joyful in His 
service. It is the least, girls, that we 
can do to make those days in the home- 



land happy and restful for our mis- 
sionaries. Thece missionaries are our 
repiesentatives in far off Africa and 
South America. To give, so that they 
may have an earthly home, is the least 
we can do for those noble soldiers who 
are carrying Christ to the heathen. At 
all times, may our prayer be to be 
found faithful. 

On Bended Knee 



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Pray for the new Sisterhoods that 
are being organized and pray that from 
the first they may learn that in Him 
is the source of their strength as they 
grow to be a power for God. 



Piay for a new vision of the needs 
in the heart of Africa as we complete 
our study of "Congo Crosses." 



Pray for Rev. and Mrs. J. Paul 
Dowdy who will soon sail for South 
America. Let us pray also that they 
may be granted special wisdom and un- 
derstanding as they enter this field and 
are confronted with its problems. 



Pray for Rev. and Mrs. J. P. Kliever 
who will soon go to Africa. Pray es- 
pecially that all their needs may be 
supplied as they assemble their out- 
fit. 



Pray for the Brethren Church, as a 
denomination, that at this Eastertinae 



Pray for our Fund for the Missiona- 
ries residence that all Sisterhood girls 
may truly realize the greatness of this, 
their task, and that all things needed 
foi it shall be supplied. 



Pray for Rev. and Mrs. Sickel in 
their service in the South American 
field. 



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By the Way 

Don't fail to read the articles in this 
issue pertaining to the recent develop- 
ments concerning our Missionaries' Res- 
idence. It will be of great interest to 
all. 



We are happy to report a newly or- 
ganized Sisterhood at Loree, Indiana. 
It was the happy privilege of your gen- 
eral secretary to meet with them and 
aid in our little way in perfecting their 
organization. There were 15 girls pres- 
ent at the first meeting when officers 
were chosen. There is a wonderful op- 
portunity for Sisterhood in this church 
and community, and we trust that we 
may soon hear of their growth. Pray 
for the Loree girls. 



A recent letter from Fremont, Ohio, 
informs us that a new Sisterhood has 
been organized there. This newly or- 
ganized S. M. M. is made up of girls 
who will all be fourteen years old this 
Sisterhood year. The church already has 
a society made up of business girls 
but it did not seem convenient for them 
to meet together. They have had no 
Junior Sisterhood, so the Sisterhood 
work is new to the new society. It is 
their desire that after a year's expe- 
rience they may all be ready for the 
one society. They call themselves the 
"A" and "B" societies. This may be a 
helpful idea to other churches. Pray 
for the girls at Fremont. 



A note from the girls at Clayton, 
Ohio, tells us that the girls there are 



THE STIMULUS OF FRIENDSHIP 

Because of your firm faith, I kept the track 
Whose sharp set stones my strength had almost 

spent — 
I could not meet your eyes, if I turned back, 

So I kept right. 
Because of your strong love, I held my path 
When battered, worn and bleeding in the fight — 
How could I meet your true eyes, blazing wrath? 

So on I went. 

— Author Unknown. 



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going ahead in a fine way, although 
their ranl<s have been somewhat de- 
pleted. However, it is not a large num- 
ber of girls that is desired, but rather 
the large number of girls who are faith- 
ful to their Master and faithful to all 
the ideals of Sisterhood. 



Sisterhood Goals for 1936-37 



Elsewhere in this issue you will find 
a list of Sisterhood literature. If you 
did not get all the needed literature at 
conference, order now from Mrs. D. A. 
C. Teeter, 3846 Monroe St., Chicago, 
111. 



Are you keeping a close check on 
your goals. Now is the best time to do 
the hardest work. Let us not wait until 
the summer months, for there are many 
things to interrupt our plans then. 

It is not too early to be making plans 
for National Conference at Winona 
Lake, Indiana, in August. Begin plan- 
ning now to have your delegate there. 
If you have been there you know what 
a nice vacation you can have. If you 
haven't been there, then you will want 
to come and experience the wonderful 
time of Fellowship with other Sister- 
hood girls of the church. 

Stewardship secretaries will find 
some suggestions for their work in this 
issue. We trust you will find it help- 
ful and usable. We shall be glad to 
hear from you as to various plans and 
projects that you may be using. 



Girls, don't fail to read the article 
"A School Invades the African Bush," 
by Mabel Crawford. You will be inter- 
ested in comparing a day in school to 
a day of school as you know it. Girls, 
if you think you would enjoy teaching 
school, read this article then think it 
over. If some of you Sisterhood school 
"marms" think you have a hard day at 
school, read this! You will think your 
problems as naught. 



PRICE LIST OF S. M. M. 
LITERATURE 
Mission Study Book 

Congo Crosses, for Seniors 50 

Campfires on the Congo, 

for Juniors 50 

Manuals, each 10 

Candle Light Services, each 10 

Covenant Cai-ds, Jr. and Sr., doz. .15 

Songs, doz 06 

Installation Services, each 02 

S. M. M. Pins, each 50 

Mite boxes are free. 

Send all orders for Sisterhood litera- 
ture to Mrs. D. A. C. Teeter, 3846 
Monroe Street, Chicago, 111. 

We have two things to fortify us: 
Prayer and Labor. 



/ WAWr IT SAID OF ME 
Die when I may, I want it said of me 
by those who knew me best that I al- 
ways plucked a thistle and planted a 
flower where I thought a flower would 
grow. — Abraham Lincoln. 



LOCAL GOALS 

1. Twelve devotional meetings. 

2. Mission study with the use of ap- 
proved text. 

3. 2/3 of members have individual 
prayer as a definite part of their 
life. 

4. V2 members cover assigned Bible 
reading: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 
and Proverbs for Seniors; Acts 
for Juniors. 

5. Stewardship secretary encourag- 
ing an individual plan of system- 
atic giving of money, time, and 
talent. 

6. Membership Project. 

7. Annual cabinet meeting. 

8. Bandages sent to District Secre- 
tary. 

9. Benevolent work other than band- 
ages. 

10. Statistical report sent to District 
Secretary by August 10. 

11. National dues sent to Financial 
Secretary in January and July. 



12. Thank offering received in April 
and sent to the Financial Secreta- 
ry by July 31. 

13. Gift to Mission Home Fund sent 
to Financial Secretary by July 
31. 

14. District dues of 15c per member 
sent to the District Secretary by 
July 31. 

JUNIOR GOALS 
All goals but No. 14. 

HONOR GOALS 

1. A delegate to either District or 
National Conference. 

2. Thank offering boxes turned in by 
% of members. 

3. Outlook in the homes of V2 of 
members. i 

DISTRICT GOALS ^ 

1. One District meeting. 

2. All societies sending statistical 
reports. 

3. Two-thirds of societies banner. 

4. Missionary project completed. 



S. M. M. Useful Information 



NATIONAL S. M. M. OFFICERS 
Honorary Patroness — Mrs. G. T. Ronk, 

Lanark, Illinois. 
National Patroness — Mrs. F. B. Frank, 

7434 Rockwell Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 
President — Miss Dorothy Whitted, 1033 

E. Main St., Louisville, Ohio. 
Vice President — Miss Marguerite Grib- 

ble, Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 
General Secretary — Miss Bernice Berk- 

heiser, Mexico, Indiana. 
Financial Secretary — Miss Katherine 

Sampson, 302 Barr Bldg., 910 Seven- 
teenth St., N. W., Washington, D. C. 
Treasurer — Miss Louise Kimmel, 517 

W. Main St., Berne, Indiana. 
Literature Secretary — Mrs. D. A. C. 

Teeter, 3846 Monroe St., Chicago, 

Illinois. 

DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONS 
Southeastern 
President — Virginia Brumbaugh, Roa- 
noke, Virginia. 
Secretary-Treasurer — Bernice Baker, 

Lydia, Maryland. 
Patroness — Mrs. H. W. Koontz, 105 Ot- 
terview Ave., Roanoke, Virginia. 

Pennsylvania 

Secretary-Treasurer — Miss Vera Crid- 
er, 153 South Church St., Waynes- 
boro. 

Patroness — Mrs. Orville Lorenz, Main 
St., Meyersdale. 

Ohio 
Seci-etary-Treasurer — Eula Blatter, 43 

Elliott St., Rittman. 
Patroness — Mrs. Raymond Gingrich, 
Seiber Ave., Ellet. 

Indiana 
Secretary-Treasurer — Allegra Rich- 



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mond, 504 East Walnut St., Nap- 

panee. 
Patroness — Mrs. J. R. Schutz, 503 Col- 
lege Ave., North Manchester. 
Illiokota 
Secretary-Treasurer — Dorothea Rahn, 

Lanark, Illinois. 
Patroness — Mrs. E. M. Riddle, 11 

Randolph St., Waterloo, Iowa. 
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(All books reviewed on this page may 
be purchased through the Brethren 
Publishing Company). 

THE BIBLE, BOOK BY BOOK, DR. 
J. B. TIDWELL, Fifth Edition, Revised. 
Publisher, W. B. Eerdmans Publishing 
Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 233 
pages. Price $1.50. 

Dr. Tidwell's volume is just exactly 
what its title indicates — a popular, in- 
structive, and spiritual study of the 
books of the Bible from Genesis to the 
Revelation. 

It is designed as a text-book for 
teacher training classes, for advanced 
Christians, for academy and high school 
students, and for introductory work 
among certain beginners in Junior and 
Arts College groups. Various insti-uc- 
tions are given by the author to aid the 
teacher and student in studying and 
mastering the fundamental facts and 
moral applications of the word of 
Truth. 

The viewpoint of the book is conser- 
vatively Christian and non-denomina- 
tional in character; it is simple in con- 
struction, and practical in application. 

For individual study the book is well 
adapted. It is neither technical, nor 
verbose, but easy to read and a real 
guide to the searching student who 
seeks to understand the English Bi- 
ble. 



VOICES FROM THE SILENT CEN- 
TURIES, HARRY RIMMER. Publisher, 
W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 
Grand Rapids, Michigan. 93 pages. 
Price $1.00. 

From the threefold source of ancient 
Christian literature, the science of 
archaeology, and the testimony of the 
Koine Greek, Harry Rimmer has once 
more laid at the feet of the popular 
reader a unique little brochure. He 
shows how the fathers, the rocks, and 
a universal language testify to the 
general reliability of the Scriptures and 
early existence of the gospel story. It 
is fascinatingly done. It is convincing 
and illuminating. Read it and be as 
wise as the ancients! 



THE MAN WHO SAID HE WOULD, 
WILLIAM EDWARD BIEDERWOLF. 
Publisher, W. B. Eerdmans Publishing 
Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan. 163 
pages. Price $1.00. 

Whenever Dr. Biederwolf takes his 
pen in hand and writes sermons, the 
public may expect something interest- 
ing, lucid, and convincing. The homi- 
lies of this excellent book are strikingly 
simple, safe, sane, solid, and sublime. 
They have the wings of the morning 
and the radiant glow of sunset. 



THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION 
AND THE FACTS OF SCIENCE, 
HARRY RIMMER. Publisher, W. B. 
Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand 
Rapids, Michigan. 155 pages. Price $1. 

Do you live on the theory-level or 
the fact-level when you consider the 
subject of evolution? If you do not 
know, Mr. Rimmer will orient your 
hazy thinking in such a way as to an- 
swer pemianently and effectively the 
above question. 

On strictly scientific grounds the 
author challenges age-long objections 
against the Scriptures and shows how 
organic evolution has utterly collapsed. 
The book is not an uninformed tirade 
against third-rate scientists, but an an- 
swer which will bear the scrutiny of 
leading scientific investigators. It at 
least presents the other side. 



EGERMEIER'S BIBLE STORY 
BOOK. ELSIE E. EGERMEIER. New 
Improved Edition. Publisher, Gospel 
Trumpet Company, Dept. B-7 Sacra- 
mento, Calif., or Anderson, Indiana. 
645 pages. Price $2.00. 

This Bible Story Book is one of the 
very best for childhood reading before 
the Christian public school today. It fol- 
lows with remarkable accuracy the run- 
ning narrative of the stories of the Old 
and New Testaments. 

The stories — 234 in number — are 
realistic and vivid to the last detail. 
They grip the imagination of even the 
adult reader and are so constructed as 
to tell their own tale without excessive 
moralizing. 

The new glarefree paper, colored pic- 
tures, self-pronouncing type of a quite 
readable variety, the front picture of 
"Christ Blessing the Children" on blue 
linen finish cloth, and other interesting 
features — all these conspire to make 
Elsie Egermier's volume attractive and 
worthwhile. 



CRUCIFYING CHRIST IN OUR 
COLLEGES. DAN GILBERT, with the 
Collaboration of Students of Four Uni- 
versities. Second edition. Publishers: 
The Danielle Publishers, San Diego, 
Calif. 234 pages. 

The author states his purpose in pre- 
senting this volume to the public as 
follows: "To elucidate what is taught 
in the lecture room as the direct cause 
of what is practiced on the campus, to 
illustrate the manner in which anti- 
Christian teachings cause students to 
live anti-Christian lives." 

The book opens with a quotation 
from Giovanni Papini's "Life of Christ." 



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"For five hundred years those who have 
called themselves free spirits . . . 
have been trying desperately to kill 
Jesus a second time — to kill him in the 
hearts of inen." 

After an interesting introductory 
statement the author presents the va- 
ried experiences of various university 
students bearing the following names: 
Agnes, Evelyn, Lester, Wayne, Jean, 
Ruth, and Edna. The narrators from 
Everett, Gordon, Harvey, Fred, Alfred, 
whom Mr. Gilbert secured his mforma- 
tion, tell almost unbelievable and amaz- 
ing stories relative to university teach- 
ing and life. 

To date the receiver knows of no 
printed reply to Mr. Gilbert's findings. 
Until they are proved to be untrae and 
unreliable, the public will accept them 
as trustworthy. Unquestionably the 
church has suffered greatly because of 
pagan conceptions and teachings in 
modern university life. And that there 
have been undeniable losses to Christian 
faith no unbiased and unprejudiced 
reader will doubt. 

Brethren people can well ' afford to 
read this book before choosing an edu- 
cational institution of higher learning 
for their sons and daughters. 



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THE FLOOD 

Everyone has heard about the terrible disaster 
which has seriously effected 12 states and espe- 
cially the Cincinnati area. It is commonly admitted 
to be the worst in the history of the country. Whole 
cities (not merely towns) have been inundated. Hun- 
dreds of thousands of people have been driven from 
their homes and no one can, even guess the damage 
done in dollars. All this may be but the beginning, 
for the flood waters are raging down into the Miss- 
issippi where they may go wild again. All this has 
happened in spite of the government's expenditure 
of millions for flood control. Radio accounts tell of 
the great scientific achievements which are swept 
away, but reporters are confident that science and 
the ingenuity of man will be capable not only of 
bringing relief but of building adequate means for 
future control. Perhaps it has occurred to some peo- 
ple who are reading their Bibles that with the in- 
crease of the flood control, perhaps the Lord may 
allow a slight increase in water to show us that af- 
ter all we need more than the science and the in- 
genuity of man. If God were really attempting to 
show man his utter dependence upon Him, to what 
extremes would He be compelled to go? 

CLIMATIC DISTURBANCES 

Of course there have always been outbursts of 
peculiar weather conditions. We doubt at present 
if these disturbances are becoming any less frequent. 
It is generally known that the planets have some- 
thing to do with the weather conditions as well as 
a relationship to climate in general. Here again the 
Bible is not without some light for those who are 
willing to listen. We read that at the time when 
there shall be "upon the earth distress of nations; 
vdth perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 
men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking 
after those things which are coming on the earth," 
that "There shall be signs in the sun, and in the 
moon, and in the stars." See Luke 21 :25-26. There 
seems to be plenty of evidence in the hands of those 
who study the planets to reveal that these disturb- 
ances are already taking place in the heavenly bod- 
ies. If so we need not be surprised if we have some 
very "unusual" weather or perhaps some that is 
more than "unusual." 

THINGS TO LEARN 

In this disaster and in every other disaster men 
should learn that material things pass away. Even 
the things which we have felt were unshakable are 
sometimes removed that the things of the Lord 



which cannot be shaken or washed away may be seen 
to stand. Although heaven and earth pass away, the 
Word of God will not pass away. Happy is the man 
who has anchored his life to the Word of God. 

HEED RELIABLE WARNINGS 

It is said that as the flood waters were rising, 
warnings were issued to those living in threatened 
territory to evacuate at once. Some said that they 
had heard threatenings before and that the water 
had never effected them much and it probably would 
not this time. But they guessed wrongly. Soon the 
waters swept through, and hitherto unflooded terri- 
tory was covered with water and many houses were 
completely washed away. God has given a warning. 
He "now commandeth all men everywhere to repent, 
because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will 
judge the world in lighteousness by that man whom 
he hath ordained ; whereof he hath given assurance 
unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the 
dead" (Acts 17:30-31). There are those who ignore 
God's judgment warnings and make no preparation 
to flee from the wrath to come. The day will cer- 
tainly come "when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed 
from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire 
taking vengeance on them that know not God and 
that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" 
(II Thess. 1:7-8). Although this is not the day of 
judgment, a day of judgment is coming. 

RELIEF 

The way in which people have arisen to assist the 
flood sufferers is certainly commendable. All over 
the United States, the cries of distress have been 
heeded. Many cities and towns have over paid their 
quota to relieve the suffering. The terrible flood has 
moved the hearts and checkbooks of many and right- 
ly so. 

In thinking of the awfulness of the recent flood, 
the Christian should remember one great truth, very 



IN THIS NUMBER 



Book Lovers Table — M. A. Stuckey 2 

Editorials 3 

Communism — Paul R. Bauman 5 

The Example of our Forefathers in Home Missions — 

W. C. Benshoff 7 

Introducing Tracy, California 8 

Following our Secretary 9 

Among our New Churches 11 

Home Missions Offering Report, Part 2 14 

Christian Endeavor Department 17 

Sunday School Department 19 



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evident and a thousand times more startling. The 
suffering from floods and other physical disasters 
is not comparable with the suffering of those who 
are lost in sin without salvation. If we commend 
those for sending a few dollars to the flood sufferers, 
how much more should we commend those who give 
of their substance for the preaching of the gospel 
which is the only power that can relieve from an- 
other suffering which is not merely physical but eter- 
nal. Relieving human suffering in this world is im- 
portant, but the work of saving souls for eternity is 
of infinitely greater importance. The Christian 
should meditate also upon the solemn thought that 
although men of the world may help relieve suffer- 
ing here in this world, they are not interested in 
spreading the gospel. If Christians do not send out 
evangelists and missionaries, nobody else will. Some 
people will help the suffering of this world but will 
never give a penny for the gospel. But the gospel is 
the first concern of those who know the great pur- 
poses of the Lord. 



Editorial Notes and News 

CONCERNING THE QUARTERLIES of the new graded 
series, Rev. John Lienhard, pastor of the Brethren Church 
of Compton, California, states, "They are excellent. I con- 
gratulate you on the fine work you are putting out. Person- 
ally, I regai-d your literature on the top of the list ..." 

FROM AN OHIO church comes this word about the Junior 
Thru-the-Bible series of Sunday School literature; "We had 
nearly 30 children who turned in books for last quarter to 
try for the Bible reward, but I have not awarded it yet, as 
the judge has been ill and therefore unable to grade them to 
date." In this Sunday School the children have been competing 
to see who can complete the finest quarterly. 

AT ALLENTOWN, PA. Pastor Frank G. Coleman an- 
nounces that he will conduct his own revival in that church 
beginning in a few weeks. He would appreciate an interest 
in the prayers of other people throughout the brotherhood. 
Brother Coleman's work is moving along nicely under the 
blessing of the Lord. 

AT GRATIS, OHIO, Brother Freeman Ankrum the pas- 
tor, reports a meeting to continue from March 1 to 14 with 
Brother C. C. Grisso as evangelist. Prayer is requested for 
these meetings. 

A FRIEND from Des Moines, la., writes the editor to ex- 
plain his reaction toward those who smoke in public. We be- 
lieve it will be interesting to our readers. Therefore we pass 
one some of his conclusions. 

"Suppose I should form the habit of smoking asafetida, and 
I would insist that a hotel lobby or a street car or other like 
places were public places, and that I had a right to smoke 
this stuff wherever and whenever I so desired. 

It does not take a very smart person to prophesy what 
would happen to me. 

I read in the Scripture, Matthew 15:11, "Not that which 
goeth into the mouth defileth the man, but that which cometh 
out." Jesus probably did not refer to tobacco, but if tobacco 
users would swallow the smoke or tobacco juice, they would 
at least not defile the air for other people." 



caused somewhat of a disturbance and some asked, "Why 
children, what are you doing?" 

"Oh, we're playing church," came the reply. 

"But why are you whispering so much," the questioner 
continued, 

"Well, we're the choir." 

What impression do the children get of your congregation 
— and your choir? 

JOHN GRESHAM MACHEN has departed this life to be 
with the Lord. Dr. Machen was noted for his superior 
scholarship. He was a great defender of the Scriptural truth 
of the supernatural in Christianity. Criticized as few men 
have ever been criticized, often for that of which he was not 
guilty. Dr. Machen has left an most lasting impression upon 
the church life of today. The outstanding product of his 
scholarship was published in 1930. The book is called "The 
Virgin Birth." It is absolutely unanswerable in its defense 
of the virgin birth of Christ. 

SOME TIME AGO, the Ministerial Association of Los 
Angeles, in a report after nine months of investigation, said 
that there were 120 pagan societies holding regular meetings 
in and about the city. They teach and practice various hy- 
brid religions or philosophies largely based upon Hinduism. 
Also it was found that Rosacrucianism has a larger follow- 
ing in numbers than any evangelical church in the city. 
Does this city need the Gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord, 
"which is the power of God unto Salvation"? Beloved, there 
is much missionary work to be done right at home. Let us 
awake to our opportunity and responsibility. 

— South Gate, Calif., Calendar 



GOD'S CARE FOR US 

"I need oil," said a monk; so he planted him an 
olive sapling. "Lord," he prayed, "it needs rain"; 
and the Lord sent a gentle shower. "Lord, my tree 
needs sun" ; and the sun shone. "Now frost, my 
Lord", and behold, the httle tree stood sparkling 
with frost; but at evensong it died. Then the monk 
sought a brother monk, and told his strange expe- 
rience. "I, too, have planted a little tree," he said, 
"and see, it thrives well; but I prayed: 'Lord, send 
it what it needs, storm or sunshine. Thou hast made 
it, and Thou dost know." — Sel. 

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COMMUNISM: 

Does the Church Have Anything to 
Fear From It? 



By Paul R. Bauman, Pastor, Second Brethren 
Church, Los Angeles, Calif. 



"Five of my brothers and sisters starved to death 
in Russia! Why? Because they were simple enough 
to believe in God; because they were Christians!" 
Thus spoke in the writer's church a missionary, a 
native of Russia, who had recently returned from 
the Soviet borders. 

"My father and my brother are now suffering 
tortures, almost worse 
than death, in a Siberian 
concentration camp! 
Why? Because they gave 
forth to others the story 
of God's redeeming 
love!" Thus spoke anoth- 
er young man, also a 
native of Russia, in one 
of our sister churches re- 
cently. 

Do you know it is es- 
timated that twenty mil- 
lion men, women, and 
children have been put to 
death, or have passed 
through unbelievable tor- 
tures in Soviet Russia 
during the years since 
the Communistic party 
came to power? "Have 
Christians anything to 
fear from Communism?" 
Certainly the question 
should not be difficult to 
answer! Yet, it is noth- 
ing short of amazing to coune^y los \ 
see how many people, 

professedly Christian, are being swept away un- 
knowingly these days by a movement which, if it 
could, would cause rivers of blood to flow in Amer- 
ica, even as it has in Russia. 

The writer has in mind a certain church of a 
large evangelical denomination in his community 
where, within thef past ten weeks, each one of the 
four major objectives of Communism has been dis- 
cussed from the pulpit — a church in which probably 
not one member out of fifty realizes he has been 
thoroughly exposed to the poisonous rays of a world- 
wide program. So subtle is the Communistic sys- 
tem, that many a pastor has brought into his pulpit 
unwittingly some who vi'ould destroy the very faith 
for which that pastor is trying to contend. 




It is evident, therefore, that we are living in a 
day when every tiaie child of God, pastor and lay- 
man alike, should know something of this movement 
— perhaps we should say religion, for that is what 
it is — a movement which has grown in strength — 
here in America over 300 per cent during the last 
four years. 

What, then, does Com- 
munism stand for ? Brief- 
ly stated. 
Communism Has Four 
Main Objectives 

1. The Destruction of 
the Home. 

2. The Destruction of 
the School. 

3. The Destruction of 
the Church. 

4. The Destruction of 
the Government. 

It is obvious that the 
attainment of these four 
objectives is necessary to 
bring about the Commun- 
ist's dream of world rev- 
olution. On the other 
hand, anyone who studies 
the Word of God knows 
well that the preserva- 
tion of these four insti- 
tutions is just as neces- 
sary, not only for living 
a normal Christian life, 
but also for the success- 
ful propagation of the 
Christian faith. Is it not the duty of every Chris- 
tian to be a restraining force as long as he is in this 
world? Let us therefore consider the four objectives 
of Communism just a bit more closely, that we may 
resist the entrance of the subtle movement more ef- 
fectively in our churches. 

Destruction of the Home 
Russia has declared war on all social institutions, 
chief of which is the home. Her desire to level all 
people and make them a part and property of the 
state demands this. The teaching of free-lovism and 
the loosening of marriage laws have largely accom- 
plished the destruction of the home. In that country 
anyone is entitled to a divorce merely by going to a 
civil registry office and asking for it. A man may 



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PREACHERS! CHURCH TREASURERS! SUNDAY SCHOOL TREASURERS! = 



All gifts to the Thanksgiving offering for Home Missions must be in our office by 
February twenty-eighth in order to be credited in the Thanksgiving offering. All funds 
coming in after that date will have to wait for the yearly report. All pastors and other 
officers responsible for sending in these funds should make sure that they are in. Many 
times we think the thing has been done when it has not ! Better be sure, pastor. If your 
church has made a good offering you should have the pleasure of seeing it recorded along 
with others. All moneys should be in the mail not later than February twenty-fourth in 
order to make sure that it will reach our office from any part of the country in time. 

Do it now! 



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live in a room with as many women as he desires. 
Often as many as ten families live together in com- 
mon quarters. It is easy to see that all this has re- 
sulted not only in the breakdown of the old-fashioned 
home, but in the complete destructioni of the morals 
the home has always taught and held dear. This is 
exactly as the "Manifesto," the official bible of the 
Communist, has declared it should be. 

But, what of the Christians in America? Do we 
have anything to fear in this respect? In answer, let 
us return to the church before cited as an example. 
On the Sunday evening prior to the writing of this 
article, the pastor of that church invited into his 
pulpit one who is the outstanding advocate of free- 
love and companionate marriage in this country. 
Such speakers are being used in hundreds of 
churches in America today, having been placed there 
by powers behind the scenes. What will be the ef- 
fect of such men upon our God-given institution, the 
home ? In answer, consider the liberal attitude today 
by many prominent church leaders on the subject of 
divorce. Consider the number of denominations and 
individual congregations which stolidly refuse to 
take any stand whatsoever in that regard. Consider 
also the attitude of the modernistic Federal Council 



of Churches on intermarriage of whites with negroes, 
another Communist inspired scheme to break the 
solidarity of the home. 

We in the Brethren Church should thank God for 
the fact that our denomination still considers the 
home a sacred institution, and that she has not been 
afraid to take her stand on the subject of marriage 
and divorce in accordance with the plain statements 
of God's Word. Tendencies about us should cause us 
to watch. May He ever keep us true to the position 
we have taken. 

Destruction of the School 

Communistic Dictator, Stalin, in an interview with 
H. G. Wells recently, said, "There can be no revolu- 
tion without a radical change in the educational 
system." Accordingly, Moscow has issued the fol- 
lowing orders: "It is the duty of young Communists, 
members of the Communist League, to join all mass 
organizations of youth ... as well as religious or- 
ganizations, to wage a systematic struggle in these 
organizations to gain influence over the broad mass 
of youth, mobilizing it for the struggle." 

Any pastor of a church in the city has at some 
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Fehrvxiry 20, 1937 



THE EXAMPLE SET 

By Our Forefathers in Home Missions 



By W. C. Benshoff, Pastor, Brethren Church, 
Waynesboro, Pa. 



To set forth the missionary accomplishment of a 
great rehgious people over a period of two hundred 
years in a short article is a difficult task. Details 
must be waived. To say what they were rather than 
what they did, is our objective. That our forefathers 
were great missionaries the facts of history prove. 
They possessed the inherent qualities which made for 
success. Truly, "we are compassed about with a great 
cloud of witnesses." 

A successful missionary program demands right 
relations to Christ and His Word. The founders of 
the Dunker Church sought and found 
this relation. Like the Berean believ- 
ers, Acts 17:11, they endeavored to 
■ walk in the light of Scripture. Con- 
vinced as to the truthfulness of Holy 
I Writ they, "consented together to en- 
ter into a covenant of a good con- 
science with God, to take up all the 
commandments of Jesus Christ." 
From the very beginning they were 
conscious of two facts, viz., a likeness 
to each other, and a difference from 
other religious groups. With this 
background they were unencumbered 
and zealously entered into a program 
of expansion. 

At the beginning the founders of our beloved 
church were confronted with the task of establish- 
ing this whole gospel church. The conditions which 
prevailed were not unlike those which characterized 
the times of the Apostles. Without church buildings 
and institutions, without a literature, without social 
prestige and with but little money they accomplished 
a task which becomes at once a challenge and an in- 
spiration to the present generation. Not only was 
there a lack of those things which seem today so es- 
sential to the carrying on of the work of the church, 
but they met with formidable opposition ; many times 
were they persecuted. But for over two hundred 
years, as from time to time persecution was raised 
against them, our forefathers met the oppressor 
with Christian fortitude. Many times was the enemy 
defeated; many victories were won in the name and 
in the strength of Christ. 

Our church fathers become a striking example in 




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home missions when we consider their doctrinal po- 
sition. They believed that the Bible is the inspired 
Word of God, that Jesus Christ is God's Son, and 
that redemption rests alone in Him. They had a 
conviction that only the thing which is builded upon 
the sure foundation, which is Christ, endures. If 
they were contentious, it was for the faith once de- 
livered unto the saints. They championed the cause 
of their Master and stood ready to defend their po- 
sition at any cost. These Brethren placed a literal 
interpretation on the commandments of the Lord. 
If the Captain of their salvation 
commanded trine immersion, then 
trine immersion it must be; if He 
said, "Wash one another's feet," this 
act was practiced. So with respect to 
all things the Lord hath spoken. By 
word of mouth, through sermon and 
song, they faithfully proclaimed the 
truths of salvation and the true Chris- 
tian life. Circumstances did not 
hinder. If there was no occasion, they 
made one. These staunch defenders 
of the faith did not wait for right con- 
ditions in which to work. Duties were 
there, events belonged to their Lord. 
Perhaps no more striking example is 
to be found anywhere in all Christendom during the 
last two hundred years of faithfulness to the truth 
in Christ than is to be found in the Brethren Church. 
Well may we sing of the "Faith of our Fathers." 
And well may we ask ourselves the question, "Is it 
hving still?" 

Brethren people have not only had deep and set- 
tled convictions as to the truth taught in the Word, 
but they have been loyal to the cause which they es- 
poused. They took the matter of their Christian 
profession seriously. To them a vow or pledge was a 
solemn, serious thing. They were steadfast in things 
fundamental, keeping before them the relation of the 
work of the church to human need. In these things 
they were like unto the believers of the first cen- 
tury who were steadfast and who gave generously 
to those in want. To them the cause of Christ was 
primary ; to its promotion they gave themselves. That 
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Benshoff 



The Brethren Evangelist 



Introducing Our Newest 

BRETHREN CHURCH 



We are glad to present on our cover page the first 
photo of our new group of Brethren in Tracy, CaUf. 
The Northern Cahfornia District has been a field 
that our National Mission Board has been desiring 
to enter for a long time to start a new work. This 
district was the original field for the Brethren 
Church way back in the 'nineties', and saw quite a 
period of growth. However, for some reason things 
have been rather standing still in that section for 
many years now. But of late, there has come a 
'stirring in the tops of the mulberry trees', and now 



George 

M. 

Richardson, 

Pastor, 

Tracy,, 

California 



this district is pressing out to open up new fields for 
Christ. Together with the National Mission Board, 
the Northern California District Board secured the 
services of Brother George R'chardson of San Pedro, 
California who has for sever-l years been in charge 
of the Sailors Rest M'csion, to take a new work in 
Tracy, Calif., where a group of Brethren has been 
meeting together for a year or more. Brother Rich- 
ardson is well equipped for this work. He is a grad- 
uate of Kansas State University ?nd has been in 
charge of the large Mission to Seaman for several 
years. His signal success in this work has made him 
an outstanding figure among these circles on the 
Pacific Coast. He has -Iso been in much demand as a 
preacher from outside, and has been most effective 
in this field also. We feel ourselves exceedingly for- 
tunate in cecur:ng Brother Richardson to open our 
new program in the Northern California field. 

Already the work has taken on a real course of 
progress under his ministry since beginning on De- 




Tracy, California 

cember first last. The Sunday School attendance is 
now up to fifty and more, and the church services 
have attendance at the same figure or close to it. 
They already have nearly two hundred dollars in their 
building fund, and they are paying quite heavily on 
their pastor's salary. More are coming to all the de- 
partments and to the church sei^vices right along. 
Mrs. Richardson is proving most valuable to this 
young work by organizing a Woman's Missionary So- 
ciety, and these women will be a strong factor in 
the work of establishing this new church. 

There is a splendid organization of young people 
in this Northern California District called the 'Bere- 
ans'. Thece young people are on fire for the Lord. 
They have sort of taken a special interest in this 
new work at Tracy, and were on hand the first night 
in full force. They gave a fine spirit to the whole 
start-off and will prove to be most helpful in the fu- 
ture life of this work we are sure. We hope to have 
them help put over our first evangelistic campaign 
in Tr?cy this spring, and we believe they will do a 
good job of it. 

The greatest hindrance to the present growth of 
the work is inadequate quarters in which to meet. 
The old store room in which services are held is 
anything but attractive for worship and has no 
modern conveniences at all. Already this situation 
has caused the loss of some Sunday School pupils. 
From all angles it appears that the only way out of 
the present difficulty is to buy a lot and erect a 
tabernacle for use as quickly as possible. Next month 
we will likely be able to tell you more of the de- 
velopments in this field. In the meantime please 
pray earnestly for Brother and Sister Richardson 
and for the great work they are doing there. 



THE SAME PROBLEM 
By George M. Richardson, Tracy, Calif. 
"Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall 
pluck my feet out of the net" Psalms 25:15. 

New faces, new customs, new problems, every- 
thing new except God and Satan and sin — these are 
the same wherever you go. God never changes. Satan 
is always on the job. Sin is just as vicious here in 
Tracy, California as it is in the heart of Africa. There 
are discourag'ng reports ?nd a lack of faith on the 
part of many. There is the persistent pessimist like 
the one who just recently said, "Now remember, let's ! 
not get too enthused over our new pastor because he i 
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February 20, 1937 




FROM The Brethren Church is growing 

BERNE TO steadily on the Pacific Coast. Our 
WHITTIER Home Mission Board now has four 
new works in California alone. To 
care for these in their present early stage it is neces- 
sary for the secretary to visit them at least once a 
year. For several years we had no new points on the 
coast. There will likely come a time when new points 
will not appear so frequently as of late. Mission work 
goes that way. There are periods of swift growth in 
one section for a few years, and then comes a period 
of consolidation. Then new openings appear in other 
sections for a while. But, altogether, the Brethren 
Church grows on. Right now it is essential that we 
care for our opportunities while they are open to 
us on the Pacific Coast. Young churches grow to 
maturity more quickly in California than in any oth- 
er section of our nation at present. We are thankful 
that the Lord is favoring us with these new doors 
for the gospel today. 

THE It is a twenty-five hundred mile trip 

LONG from Berne to Los Angeles. Each time 
TREK we make it, we note many changes along 
the way. When we came out in 1935 the 
roads were jammed with autos of every description, 
and some that could not be described. They had 
household goods on the bumpers, tied on the top, on 
the sides on the nmning boards, and the insides full 
and sticking out the windows — all headed for Cali- 
fornia the land of dreams, feast, and plenty, as Mr. 
Sinclair had pictured it. This time there were a few 
such sights, but practically none compared with what 
once was. Perhaps folks have awakened to the fact 
that they had been hoodwinked before. But there is 
no land where success can be had without hard work, 
and plenty of it. Across country private automobiles 
and coast to coast trucking vans keep the traffic 
heavy all year long on this southern route. 

SHIVERING There was a surprise in store for 

ANGELENOS the folks who came to Southern 
California for relief from cold 
weather this year. No sooner did we enter the 
state than the mountain ranges began to show white 
with deep snows. The air got chilly. The reaction 
from the warm Arizona sun was marked. The nearer 
we drew to our destination the colder it got till we 



finally got out the heavy winter overcoat we thought 
we had discarded for the winter, and it felt good! 
A heavy cold wave had come down from the north 
and brought in the coldest weather this section has 
known in fifteen years. 

FROZEN Freezing weather is deadly to the 

ORANGES citrus industry. That is the chief agri- 
cultural activity of this section. In 
the endeavor to save the citrus crops the growers 
start heating up all outdoors! They have too. As 
soon as the electric thermometer buzzer starts buzz- 
ing that it has reached 32 degrees above, the grow- 
ers roll out of bed and start the oil smudge pots go- 
ing throughout their groves. It costs fifty to seventy- 
five dollars a day for fuel oil when they operate full 
blast to save ten acres of citrus crop. The firing is 
done at night. It is a sight to see thousands of 
smudge pots with their roaring fires all over a coun- 
try side. It is hard work and it is expensive, but it 
pays. A new invention has now come into use to 
save the crops from freezing. It is in the form of 
mounted airplane motors elevated thirty feet above 
the ground, with propellers attached, and operated 
so as to revolve in all directions. One twin set of en- 
gines and propellers will keep the air moving over a 
forty acre grove and save it from freezing if the 
themiometer does not go below twenty degrees. Last 
night I could hear the drone of these motors all night 
long. The need of meeting this emergency has about 
stopped our revival here in Whittier because the men 
are all out in the groves. The congregation that was 
present last night unanimously pledged to pray that 
God would save the crops of the Christian men who 
have been so wonderfully giving of their means for 
the Lord's work. We believe He will hear. The Lord 
can rebuke freezing weather as well as the canker 
worm and the locust. 

REVIVAL Our first meeting on this trip is 

IN now being held at Whittier. This is 

WHITTIER the former pastorate of Brother Chas. 
W. Mayes, now editor of the Brethren 
Evangelist. Brother Mayes accomplished a wonder- 
ful work here under God and the church grew in a 
marvelous way, and became known as the center of 
sound gospel truth in this section. Brother Charles 
H. Ashman, formerly of the First Brethren Church 



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of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, is now pastor here. 
Great things are expected of this church under his 
ministry as was realized at Johnstown while he was 
there. It is no new thing for the two of us to be 
linked together in evangelistic work. Our ministries 
have run close together for twenty years. 

ALL Since first starting these notes much 

OVER has come to pass. The Whittier meeting 
NOW is now history. To my memory it was little 
more than a series of shakes and shivers! 
The cold wave that gripped the entire Pacific Coast 
for three weeks was too much for the folks in this 
section to overcome and keep a revival well attended. 
Some folks came in spite of conditions. There are 
always a certain number of people like that in every 
church thank God for them. But the hope of having 
?. large flowing group from which to reach unsaved 
souls simply was not to be realized at that time. 
Then there were many of the faithful folks of the 
church who would have been right there through it 
all, but who spent night and day in their groves 
trying to save them from ruin through feeezing. 
Under the circumstances we do not see how results 
could have been different. Tliere is no criticism of 
anyone. Conditions were simply out of our hand. That 
is all. Some nights there were not more than seventy- 
five present and we turned it into a Bible class. There 
are some of God's finest folks in this Whittier 
church, and they extended much sympathy to the 
evangelist for the way things turned out, but it was 
not in any way their fault. The Lord no doubt had 
some purpose to accomplish through the meetings 
that human eye could not see nor human mind per- 
ceive. 

But we had a good time in Whittier. We had a 
most happy home with Brother and Sister L. E. 
Miller. Felt right at home with folks of my own 
name. No doubt tlie church folks planned it that 
way ! They sure do try to make you at home around 
there. Never hated to leave a place more than this 
one. 

The pastor went out of his way to try to cheer me 
up by trying to show some real results of the meet- 
ings. He did a good job of it. Beats all what Brother 
Ashman can find when he wants to ! But the church 
is the strongest influence for Christ in that whole 
community and it will continue to grow stronger till 
the Lord returns, I believe. 

NOW A It was originally planned that we 

TEMPORARY should hold a revival meeting in our 
PASTOR Compton Church after the Whit- 

tier revival. But as it turned out. 
Brother Leinhard resigned because of his health just 
at this time, and after consultation with officers of 
the Southern California District Mission Board it 
was thought best that insomuch as a revival would 



be impossible without an active pastor on the job i 
in a church so young as this, that I should act as 
temporary pastor of the Compton church for the 
time that would have been given to a meeting. Since 
I was here to help in a revival a little over a year ago 
when the church was organized I am quite well ac- 
quainted with the folks and have little trouble in 
fitting into such a situation. 

FINISHING Since the building was not quite 

UP finished when Brother Lienhard re- 

signed, it has fallen to our hand to 
push the work to completion while here so that the 
incoming pastor will have a clear course to work 
with the congregation. Needless to say we have our 
hands full just now. Aside from the work of carry- 
ing on the business of the National Home Mission 
Board, trying to finish the church building here, care 
for the preaching services and Bible classes, getting 
out an issue of the Home Mission number of the 
Brethren Evangelist, we are trying to call on the 
entire membership of this congregation in their 
homes endeavoring to encourage them at this trying 
period of their work. Outside of that we haven't a 
thing to do! But its all in a day's work for a Home 
Mission secretary. So we thank God and take cour- 
age! 

As we write these lines the sound of hammer and 
saw resounds through the building. Members of the 
church have volunteered to help finish the class 
rooms and the basement. They come after a day of 
work at other tasks and put in a lot of good hard 
hours for their Lord. As one said today, "It is a good 
way to serve the Lord." We believe it is. 

This Compton section is a great field for building ; 
a real church for Christ. A sparsely churched com- • 
munity, with a fine congregation already started, as ■ 
fine a building as a pastor could desire, and a good I 
standing among the folks that live in the town. Itt 
is a challenge to the Brethren Church to establish 
a great testimony to Christ here. By God's grace we 
shall do our level best to make the most of our op- 
portunity for Him. From here we go to Glendale, 
California. 



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THE GRACE OF GOD 

Nothing is lacking for the salvation of 
men. God has provided all. He has not left 
the garment almost long enough, but needing 
that we should add a fringe; nor has He 
provided a feast almost sufficient for us if 
we bring at least another loaf; nor has He 
built a house of mercy almost completed, but 
leaving us to add a few more tiles to the roof. 
No, no. The work is finished, and from top to 
bottom salvation is of the Lord. — Spurgeon. 

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AMONG 

OUR 

NEW CHURCHES 




COVINGTON, VIRGINIA 

Months have passed by since we last wrote a re- 
port of the work here in Covington, for the Evan- 
gehst. Not that there was nothing- to report, for the 
Lord has been with us in a wonderful way. We would 
like to add our testimony to that of many others 
which we read about in the Evangelist, to the effect 
that the gospel is still "the power of God unto salva- 
tion." 

After the first few years of building and organiz- 
ing, a new work such as this one here in Covington 
naturally enters into a period of settling down pro- 
cess. It is this period which is perhaps most import- 
tant in the future history of the church. If the work 
is in any way neglected during this period of matur- 
ing, it will most likely show up in the church for a 
whole generation. There is much work to do. Lead- 
ers have to be developed. Sunday School teachers 
have to be found foi' the growing Sunday School. 
The people of the new church are getting better ac- 
quainted and the usual criticisms begin. The church 
has its "growing pains," and during this period a 
great deal of prayer, patience, and tact is needed all 
around. 

Although the work here in Covington is not quite 
two years old yet, it has entered this period of set- 
tling and maturing. We are well settled in our new 
building. A few more Sunday School rooms will have 
to be completed in the basement, and the grounds 
will need some landscaping this spring, but other- 
wise the building is finished and is giving fine serv- 
ice. The peak of our indebtedness is passed and we 
are busy reducing it every month. 

A brief review of the blessings of the Lord during 
the last four months reveal the following facts. 

A NEW Although this is often called 

HEATING PLANT the "Sunny South," we expe- 
rienced last winter that heat 
was needed here the same as in the north during the 
cold months. A fine furnace had already been pur- 
chased and paid for last spring, and before cold 
weather could reach us last fall, we had it installed. 
The cost of the steam heating system without the 
furnace was $560, much of which was paid for by 
cash donations from the members. The plant is oper- 
ating nicely and proves to be of great satisfaction. 



OUR HOME Last year our Home Mission offer- 

MISSION ing was $34.13. At that time we were 
OFFERING in the midst of our building program 
and money for anything else was 
hard to get. This year we had the furnace to pay 
for just one week before Thanksgiving. However we 
were blessed in receiving an offering of about $115 
for Home Missions. This is not very large certainly, 
but considering the fact that most all of our people 
are employed by the local rayon mill, and their aver- 
age wage is well below $100 per month, we feel that 
we have good reason to praise the Lord for this 
victory. 



BUILDING DEBT IS 
BEING REDUCED 



Our people are making a 
fine effort in paying off 
their building debt. At a 
recent business meeting of the church the goal was 
set for paying off at least one third of the indebted- 
ness during this year. We have every reason to be- 
lieve that it will be accomplished. For this we also 
praise the Lord. 

A GROWING We believe that the primary pur- 

CHURCH pose of the local church should be 

the salvation of souls. Here too the 
Lord has blessed our efforts in a wonderful way. 
Since our revival last summer, evangelistic zeal here 
has not been allowed to cool off, and the results have 
not been withheld. It was our privilege to see a 
number of people take their stand for the Lord in 
this church during the last few months, and begin 
a new life. There are scores more for whom we are 
praying and are hoping that they will surrender to 
Christ. There is no doubt but that this will be a 
growing Brethren church. Our Sunday School is also 
moving ahead despite much recent illness among our 
people. At present we- are engaged in reorganizing 
the school and are hoping to see its attendance 
doubled during the next twelve months. We have a 
fine midweek Bible class with about 40 attending. 
Two very active C. E. Societies are a great help to 
the life of the church, and our young people are very 
anxious to be used of the Lord in witnessing for Him. 
Recently they held a service in the county jail and 
are now planning to have a regular service there at 
least once a month. A new W. M. S. was organized 



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recently which promises to draw our women together 
more closely in fellowship and work for our blessed 
Redeemer. 

In looking back once more we recognize our un- 
worthiness and lack of ability along with our short- 
comings in the Lord's work. Yet we feel that He 
has blessed us and we are thankful. During this new 
year we are going to continue trusting in the Lord 
only and are asking Him to strengthen us so that 
we may be faithful. Tliere is much to be done if He 
tarries with His coming. New contacts are being 
made almost every day. Unsaved souls are being 
aroused to their condition. Babes in Christ need to 
be strengthened. BRETHREN PRAY FOR US. 

BERNARD N. SCHNEIDER, Pastor 



CLEVELAND CHURCH MOVES 

On Sunday, January 24th the First Brethren 
Church of Cleveland moved from the Mayfair School 
in East Cleveland to Oxford School in Cleveland 
Heights. The change in location places the church 
in the immediate vicinity of the peiTnanent building 
site purchased by the Missionary Board during this 
past year. In fact, both Oxford School and the church 
site are located but two blocks apart on Quilliams 
Road just north off Noble Road. 

For the first time since the beginning of the 
Cleveland church, the work becomes truly pemianent 
in character. The fact that for so many months our 
location was uncertam and then only temporary, 
tended to create a disinterested attitude among resi- 
dents of the Mayfair community, and of recent 
months among members of the congregation. 

We do regret that in moving we have lost some 
of our most active Bible School members, being chil- 
dren from the Mayfair community. Except for a very 
few, the distance to our permanent location will make 
their continuance in our school impractical. Tlie most 
of them will become active in other churches in their 
community. We trust the Word which has been sown 
in faith in their hearts will bear much fi-uit. 

In an advertising campaign, utilizing the newspa- 
per, attractive signs, and house-to-house distribution 
of literature, we are endeavoring to "infoiTn" the 
residents of Cleveland Heights regarding the Breth- 
ren Church and its work. An attractive folder pre- 
pared by Foye Miller has been distributed throughout 
the community. It bears a personal invitation to the 
services of the church and school, includes a map 
indicating the location of the church, and carries a 
brief history of the First Brethren Church of Cleve- 
land in conjunction with our larger denominational 
history and statement of beliefs. This house-to- 
house distribution is to be followed regularly with 
"Biblical" tracts. 

The second anniversary of the Cleveland church 
was celebrated on the last Sunday in January with 
eighteen persons present of the thirty-two who at- 



tended the first service held January 27, 1935. Many 
others of the original number now active in the 
church were unable to attend because of sickness. 

The Cleveland Brethren begin their third year \ 
with two great responsibilities. One, always the more 
important, is the evangelization of the field into 
which the Lord has called us to labor. We anticipate 
by the help of the Lord, a rich harvest of souls in 
this place. 

Our second responsibility is that of building the 
first unit of the church estimated to cost at least 
$9,000 during 1937. With building costs rising rapid- 
ly in Cleveland, it becomes imperative that this work 
be started as soon as possible. For this pui-pose the j 
congregation has accumulated almost $2,000. Thus 
far the banks while willing to finance almost any- 
thing, are unwilling to assist in building churches. 
While the liberality of the Cleveland Brethren has 
been well attested in their offerings to the national 
interests of the Brethren Church, as well as in their 
own local affairs and their savings in the building 
fund, yet they must needs have some assistance if 
they are to build in the near future. The Cleveland 
Brethren are sincere, capable, and growing in the 
grace of giving, thereby being entitled we believe to 
any vote of confidence which either bank or private 
capital might see fit to express in the form of assist- 
ance at this time. 

The future for the Cleveland church was never 
brighter than at this present moment. Its member- 
ship is largely comprised of a band of consecrated, 
spiritual men, women, and children, who through the 
past two years have had an experiential knowledge 
of the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ. Brethren 
everywhere, pray definitely for this church and its 
pastor, that they might be a people, unashamed of 
the Gospel of Christ, a witness for His name in the 
great city of Cleveland, even "till He come." 

TOM HAMMERS, Pastor 



TRACY, CALIFORNIA 

(Continued from. Page 8) i 

will leave within the year just like the others we i 
have had." All these things present a great barrier j 
or mountain blocking the highway of progress. The 
anxious eye sees no way to overcome the obstacle. 
Men and things have always fa'led but the eye of 
faith sees a way and our faltering hand clasps the 
outstretched hand of the One, Who is always near 
and our ear listens to His clear, calm voice saying, 
"Fear not, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee." 
The Turks, having tortured and slain the parents 
of a little Armenian girl before her eyes, turned to 
the child and said, "Will you renounce your faith in 
Jesus, and live?" She rephed, "I will not." "Then 
to the dogs!" She was thrown into a kennel of sav- 
age and famished dogs and left there to be torn and 
devoured by the hungry beasts. The next morning 



February 20, 1937 



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ithey came and looked in, to see the little girl upon 
;her knees praying, and beside her the largest and 
most savage of all the dogs, snapping at every dog 
,that ventured near, thus protecting the child. The 
imen ran away terrified, crying out, "There is a God 
'here; there is a God here." The protecting presence 
lof the same God that cared for the little girl is the 
(One Who calms the anxious heart of the mission pas- 
tor as he begins his work in the new field. How it 
jencourages him to know that you are with him in 
jprayer and sacrifice. 

1 Come with me and let us survey the field. Just 
a block off the principal business street of this thriv- 
ing little city we come face to face with the prime 
iobstacle to our growth in this community, the build- 
ing in which we gather to worship. The only thing 
that identifies it as being a place of worship is a 
black and white sign bearing this message. First 
Brethren Church. This little two room store build- 
ing, formerly a hainess shop, and now unfit for com- 
mercial purposes, is rented to us for $5.00 per month. 
On the inside a few benches, stove, piano and pulpit 
meet the needs of a Sunday School of almost sixty 
and a congregation that averages almost 50, both 
morning and evening. Two Christian Endeavor so- 
cieties have been organized and it has been sug- 
gested that the Juniors secure corks to stop the 
holes in the walls and keep the wind and rain from 
making us too uncomfortable. When it rains the 
water courses down the inside walls and splashes 



against and on the pews. During the cold this win- 
ter it is not an uncommon sight to see the congrega- 
tion or prayer meeting groups huddling around the 
stove, a wood burner, in a vain attempt to get it 
warm ! There are no modem conveniences and it is 
necessary to take the children to a filling station 
some five or six blocks away. Now you can readily 
understand why I used the words obstacle to our 
growth for it is most difficult to encourage people 
to come or send their children to such quarters. 

In spite of all the inconvenience we have a fine 
group of people, not wealthy in this world's goods, 
who are anxious to build a work that will be an honor 
to our Lord and Savior. Sunday School and church 
attendance are growing steadily and in the eight 
weeks that we have been on the field there have 
been eight confessions and six baptisms. We are 
looking forward to new quarters as the Lord sup- 
plies our need iu,nd we now have $130.00 in our build- 
ing fund. The very thought of a new building fright- 
ens us but we know that He is able and will some- 
how meet our need. 

Tracy is a railroad town and is surrounded by 
rich agricultural land. It presents a real challenge to 
the Brethren Church. A real work can be built here 
with the proper equipment and we predict that in 
a few years The First Brethren Church of Tracy, 
California will be helping to support new mission 
churches in other fields. As you pray and sacrifice 
with us, we will advance. 



EXAMPLE OF THE 
FOREFATHERS 

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the Word of the Lord might grow and 
multiply they could suffer persecutions 
and endure hardness, but they could not 
be faithless and unbelieving. And for 
what purpose did our fathers in the 
faith, ministers and laity alike, go for- 
ward in the promotion of a whole gos- 
pel program ? Certainly not for pecuni- 
ary remuneration. They were actuated 
and impelled by the motive of love. 
They could be loyal to the church, and 
defend the cause of Christ, because their 
hearts surged wiVa intense love and 
adoration for Him who hath power to 
save. Brethren people have qualified 
as missionaries because of their Chris- 
tian character and separation from the 
world. 

A few facts gleaned from Brethren 
history confirm the above, and help es-i 
tablish the fact that Brethren have 
beerl pioneers worthy of note. They hold 
first place in the point of time as mis- 
sionaries in this country. The work of 
Peter Becker and his associates in the 
year 1722 is said to be the first home 
mission work performed in America by 
any religious people. Early in their his- 
tory they manifested an interest in edu- 
cation. December 6, 1759 they met and 
began setting in operation plans for a 
high school in Germantown. A forward 
leader in this was Christopher Saur. 



The school was finally established and 
opened October 16, 1761. They were 
foremost in Sunday School work. Lud- 
wig Hoecker, a public school teacher, 
proposed holding a school in the after- 
noon of the Sabbath, and he, in connec- 
tion with some other Brethren, com- 
menced it, and gave instruction to the 
children who assembled. A building was 
erected and the school began about the 
year 1739. Brethren were busy in the 
publication of a literature. Foremost in 
this was Christopher Saur, who was as- 
sisted by Mack and Becker. Saur printed 
a hymn book in Germantown, 1744, con- 
taining 536 hymns. Fourteen editions 
were published extending to 1833. Saur 
was a publisher of the Bible, the first 
person to print or publish the Bible in 
the German language on American soil. 
Thus have the Brethren spoken. They 
have held fast the great historical 
truths concerning Christ, they have 
been mighty messengers of God's grace 
and His love. The example set by these 
faithful missionaries should inspire the 
present generation of Brethren to go 
forward. 



RELIGIOUS "LIBERTY" IN 
RUSSIA 

The following letter was writter re- 
cently to The Christian (London) by the 
General Secretary of the Russian Mis- 
sionary Society: 

Dear Sir — On my return from a con- 



ference with my Russian brethren in 
Poland, I find that statements have been 
appearing in the secular and religious 
Press to the effect that under the new 
Constitution there is religious liberty 
in the U. S. S. R. 

To prevent misunderstanding, I write 
now to state that this is incorrect. The 
Constitution drafted in February last 
and passed at the end of last month, 
does not make one iota of difference to 
the Soviet attitude toward religion, and 
this has been made abundantly clear in 
their own newspapers when commenting 
on the Constitution which has now be- 
come law. Briefly the facts are as fol- 
lows: 

It is still forbidden, to print, publish, 
or circulate the Scriptures or any por- 
tion thereof. 

Places of worship are still being 
closed, confiscated, converted to secular 
use, taxed out of existence. Elderly 
folk still attend the few churches which 
remain open, but on special occasions 
the churches are packed. It is obvious 
that in a town with a population of 
850,000 with only five churches open, 
these five will be packed during the 
Russian three-day celebration, of Christ- 
mas. 

In the churches that remain open the 
minister can only preach in that church, 
and nowhere else. If he believes in the 

(Contmued on page 19) 



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The Brethren Evangelist 



Financial Report 

Thanksgiving Offering 

(Continued from last issue) 

NOTE — All amounts are for the General Fund except 
those designated as follows: (L) Literature: (K) Ken- 
tucky; (E) Evangelism: (Ch. Er.) Church Erection: 
and tlie different Mission Points. 

St. James Brethren Church. 
Lydia. Md. 

Hoy Lowery 5.00 

M. L. Bloom S.OO 

Church 14.57 

Sunday School 10.00 

Foundation Builders 28.72 

Total 63.29 

Trinity Brethren Church, 
Seven Fountains. Va. 

Congregation 8.00 

Riverside Brethren Church, 
lyOst Creek. Ky. 

Sewell Landrum 5.00 

Clyde K. Landrum 5.00 

Lucinda Landrum 5.00 

F. B 2.24 

Total 17.24 

Corinth Brethren Church, 
Peru, Indiana. 

Conirregation 11.47 

Vernon Chapel, 
Limestone, Tenn. 

Miss Mary Pence 20.00 

Miss Leila Arnold 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Armentrout 5.00 

M. D. Arnold 10.00 

F. B 9.67 

Miscellaneous Church offering 11.00 

Total 60.07 

1st Brethren Church, 
Mt. Pleasant, Pa. 

Rev. & Mrs. D. C. White 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. T. C. MuUen 5.00 

Miscellaneous 3. 50 

Total 13.50 

Third Brethren Church, 
.Tohnstown. Pa. 

Onward Circle Class 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. H. Link 5.00 

Mrs. Catherine Keiter 5.00 

Senior Christian Endeavor 0.43 

Sunday School, Birthday Bank 0.03 

William Keifer 5.00 

D. F. Benshoft 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Benshoff 5.00 

Catherine Benshoff 10.00 

Sunday School offering 15.59 

Young Men's Bible Class 5.00 

Church offering 38.21 

Total 116.26 

1st Brethren Church. 
Homerville. Ohio. 

David Boss & Family 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. .Tohn Correll 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Elias D. White 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Edmund Hastings 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lester Keyser 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. O. C. Trapp (Cleveland) 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Roy Hopkins 5.00 

Foundation Builders 30.04 

Mrs. Sarah Correll 5.00 

Miscellaneous 27,11 

Miscellaneous (K) 2.00 

Total 129.75 

1st Brethren Church. 
Bryan. Ohio. 

Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Ersten 35.00 

Mrs. Minnie Schad 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Eanson 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Carmon Oxenrider 10.00 

Rev. & Mrs. C. A. Stewart 5.00 

S. H. Keiser 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Sharpe 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Musser 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Erlsten 17.00 

Miscellaneous 108.37 



Mr. & Mrs. C. K. Kelsey 10.00 

Total 215.37 

Ardmore Brethren Church, 
South Bend, Ind. 

Congregation 12. 87 

1st Brethren Church, 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

Men's Bible Class 25.00 

Philathea Bible Class (Baltimore) 20.00 

Friendship Bible Class 17.00 

Second Primary Class 8.00 

First Primari- Class 5.00 

.Junior Department S. S 5.00 

Live Wire Class 5.00 

W. M. S 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. S. Minnich 10.00 

J. Ed. Cordell Sr 10.00 

Chas. E. Martin S.OO 

P. O. Crider 5 00 

Mrs. Grace B. Shockey 5.00 

Robert B. Shockey 5.00 

Jlisses Ruby & Pauline Hess 5.00 

Rev. W. C. Benshoff 5.00 

Mrs. Geo. Sweeney 5.00 

D. C. Sheely 5.00 

Melvin Ij. Rock 5.00 

Mrs. W. B Kauffman 5 00 

B. L. Stains 5 00 

Miss Gail Stouffer 5 00 

Mrs. Henry Good 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 03.25 

Total 241 35 

1st Brethren Chtirch, 
La Terne, Calif. 

Mr. & Mrs. A .R. Boiling 10 on 

Mr. & Mrs. A. E. Bowman 5.00 

Miss Sarah J. Cobaugh 5 00 

Mr. R. J. Dahlem 25 00 

Mr. & Mrs. David Frantz 5 00 

Mrs. Edith Hendrickson 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L A. .Teffers 5.00 

Mrs. S. E. Hanawalt 5 00 

Mrs. Rose JicClellan 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. E. Monia 15.00 

Jfark Manning 10 00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. J,. Montz 500 

5rr. & Mrs. B. P. Sickel 5 00 

T. J. Steves 10.00 

-Mt. & JJrs. R. H. Sickel 5 On 

Mrs. Laura Thomason 12 00 

Elias D. White l"-On 

.Toe \^'hit6head 5 00 

Junior C. B. Society 5 On 

Miscellaneous 54 I,') 

Total 20.8.15 

Vinco Brethren Church. 
A'inco. Pa. 

Congregation 38.09 

1st Brethren Church. 
Washington. D. C. 

Mrs. Helen D. Anderson 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. P. M. BrumbMigh 20 on 

Frank L. Campbell 5.nn 

T. A. Chappell .5.00 

Miss Alberta Collins 5.00 

Mrs. E. Cadarr 5 00 

Mrs. G. B. Coftman 5.00 

Ifrs. C. V. Courtney 5 00 

Mr. & Jfrs. E. H. Davis 5 no 

Miss Mabel E. Donaldson 30 00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. E. Donaldson I'O 00 

Mr. & Jfrs. H. C. Dooley 20 no 

Mrs. May Downs 5 nn 

Mr. S. C. Fogle 7.00 

Mr. & Mrs. B. Gilbert 5 00 

Miss Miriam P. GUbert 15 On 

Mr. & Mrs. O. D. Hale 7.00 

R. E. Haliday 5 on 

^^iss Ruth Hostetler 5 00 

Mr. F. W. Hartman & Fnmily 5 00 

\!t. & Mrs. M. C. Harrison 5.00 

Mr. G. I. Jones and Family J5.00 

5Irs. Martha Keller lo.on 

Homer Kent Jr 5 nn 

Rev. and Mrs. H. A. Kent 1."; 00 

Mr. James Lindsey & Fnmily 5.00 

Rev. T. C. Lyon & Family 15. nn 

Mr. I. W. Masters 5.00 

Mrs. S. H. May 10.00 

Mrs. E. T. Merrick & MaiT A 0.00 

Mr. & Mr.s. K. L. Merrick l=i.On 



SUCH FRIENDS ARE APPRECIATED 

"We are enclosing check for $2.00 which covers our subscription 
to the Brethren Evangelist for one year. We di(i not deduct our credits 
for offerings to missions or for the Woman's Outlook, for realizing 
the blessings that have come to us through our gifts to missions, 
also the need of the Publishing Company at this time, we desire to 
contribute our credits in this way. — Mr. and Mrs. W. H. G. 



Mr. & Mrs. Ivan Munch (Baltimore) 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. C. Munch 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. F. Myers 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. B. P. Newcomer (Cumberland) 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lee Ramm 23.00 

Mrs. D. B. Sampson 13.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Saunders 5.00 

Mrs. H. Shomber 5.00 

J. B. Simmons 5 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Smith 5 00 

Jlr. & Mrs. J. M. Stillwell 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. Tarakln .30.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Guy Tamkin IS.O'i 

V.r. & Jlrs. O. H. Taj-Ior in on 

Mr. & Mrs. H. V'ckery .5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. O. R. WUes 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Willis Wood 10.00 

Junior Dept. of S. S. (Baltimore) 10.14 

Junior C. E 5.00 

Senior C. E 30.00 

W. M. S 20.00 

Sr. S. M. M 5.00 

".liscellaneous 23.39 

Miscellaneous (Baltimore) 1.00 

Senior C. ... (Baltimore) 70.00 

Total 095.53 

1st Brethren Church, 
Snuth Bmd. Ind. 

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Colip 5 ill 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Roscoe 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. A. ShoUy 5 00 

Mr. & Mrs. B. E. Stickler 5.00 

Mr. & 5Irs. Dale Ulbricht 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Toder 5.00 

Brotherhood 8 45 

Lillie Garwood 5 00 

Gifts less than $5.00 35.45 

Jliss Alberta Hartman 5.00 

Total 88.90 

1st Brethren Church, 
S'dney. Ind. 

R-v. & Mrs. Lewis Engle 15.00 

Elmo Engle 5.00 

lerrj- Engle 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. C. Brown 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. D. Hunter 10.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. C. E. Si.sk 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. R. Smith 7.00 

Mrs. Sylvanus Beigh 5.00 

C. E. Heckman 500 

Grace Sellers 5.00 

Enid Heckman 5.00 

P. B. Banks S, ' 

S- S. Birthday offering 11.50 

Gifts less than $5.00 S.ijn 

Total 100.34 

1st Brethren Church, 
Fort Scott, Kans, 

Rev. & Mrs. L. G. Wood 5 00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. E. Clum 50.00 

E. E. Otto & Family 5.00 

Gifts less than $5.00 5.10 

Total 05.10 

1st Brethreri Church, 
Goshen, Indiana. 

Reuben D. Miller 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Warabold 8 01 

Mr. & Mrs. De Main Warner 5 On 

M'ss Edith Witmer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. H. Fuller 5 00 

Jlr. & Mrs. Wesley Jliller 5 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Eph. Culp 5 On 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. W. Howell 5 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Rowell (K) 'Gen) 5 00 

Sunshine Class lOOO 

W. M. S 25 00 

Miscellaneous 70. 24 

Total 153.24 

1st Brethren Church. 
.Muncie, Indiana. 

Rev. & Mrs. D. B. Flora 5.00 

Mr. & .Mrs. A. R. Baer 5.00 

.Marie L. Gross 6.00 

J. E. Garrett 5.00 

Jlrs. Rosalie Garrett 5.00 

Jir. &Mrs. Virgil Hedgeland 5.00 

Mrs. J. E. Garrett 5.00 

Mr. Gen. W. Bowman 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lloyd Broadwater 5.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Curtis Cniea 20.00 

Jlr. & .Mrs. Chas. JIcNeal 5.00 

Mrs. Rosa Rickey 8.00 

Church & S. S 26.84 

Total 104. 84 

1st Brethren Church, 
JlilledgeviUe, III. 

E. J. Meyer 10.00 

S. S. Class No. 1 5.00 

Sam Livengood 5.00 

Amanda & Alice Livengood 5.00 

Henry Walker 5.00 

Dessa Hanna 5.00 

JIadden Crouse 5.00 

W. S. Bell ., 5.00 

JlilledgeviUe W. M. S 5.00 

JUscellaneous 30.00 

Total 80.00 



February 20, 1937 



1$ 



1st Brethren Church. 
Warsaw, Ind. (Additional) 

Mrs. Anna C. Shorb 5.00 

Mm. Curtis Gable 5.00 

Dr. & Mrs. L. E. Lindower 4.00 

ToUl liiO.Ol 

1st Brethren Cluirdi. 
Sunnyside. Wash. 

Grace Allshouse 12.00 

P. R. Wescott 10.00 

Mrs. .Tolm Fuerst 5.00 

Don Hadle,v 5.00 

Mrs. T. R. lluir 20.00 

Sunday School 82.05 

Mrs. Grace Turner 5.00 

Albert Bishop 5.00 

C. H. PadEham 5.00 

Fayette Lacey 5.00 

Flo.vd Turner 5.00 

Hallle M. Mackey 6.00 

Miscellaneous 20.00 

Total 184.05 

Igt Brethren Church, 
Spokane, Wash. 

Mrs. C. B. Shaw 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. B. G. Jones 7.00 

Mrs. Ida Lowerj- 5.00 

W. M. S 15.00 

Mrs. Teressa Wagner 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. O. Co:s 5 00 

Mr. & Mrs. S. L. Roberts 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. H Reineck 10.00 

Rev. & Mrs. A. L. Lantz 5 00 

Lillian E. Bowers 5.00 

Sunday School 10 03 

Berean Class 5. 00 

Altruist Class -. 5 00 

Miscellaneous (Gifts less than ?5.00) 0.10 

Total 104.1-! 

M. Stoner, 

Brentwood, Calif 25 00 

1st Brethren Church. 
Sterline. Ohio. 

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Beery (K) 10.00 

C. C. Crawford & Family 5.00 

Mr. & Jlrs. Isaiah Close. Truman & 

Buddy (K) (Gen) (Cleveland) 8 00 

Mr. & Mr.s. S. S. Fouch 11.00 

Rev. Albert L. Flory 7.50 

Mr. & Jlrs. H. J. Hartzler 5.00 

Miss Geneva Kuhn 25. 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Mast 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ed. Molne 7.60 

Mr. & Mrs. P. E. Molne 7.50 

W. M. S 7.00 

Warren Shook 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. K. Steiner 5.00 

Mr. Wayne Wheeler (F. B.) (Gen) 10.00 

A Friend 30.00 

A Friend 5.00 

Miscellaneous 21.35 

P. B 15.45 

' Total 190.30 

1st Brethren Church, 
Altoona, Pa. 

Mrs. J. C. Day 5.00 

Mrs. C. W. Gerhart 5 00 

Gifts less than $5.00 17.00 

Total 27.00 

1st Brethren Church, 
Ellet, Ohio. 

Rev. R. Gingrich 15.00 

G. High 5.0O 

F. Border 10.00 

H. Naugle 20.00 

M. Hughes 5 00 

Mrs. Mary Smith 5.00 

K. Hancock 10 00 

H. Joy 10.00 

W. Blocker 5.00 

M. Zembrodt 5 00 

R. Hayes 5.00 

E. McClintic 15.00 

Mary Smith 5.00 

T;. LuniDkins 5.00 

M. Flatten 5.00 

C. Long 5 00 

B. Cleckner 6.00- 

T. Carroll 25 00 

P. Stegg 5.00 

Jr. C. E 00 

Adults C. E 15.00 

Intermediate C. E 10.00 

Jr. S. M. M 5.00 

Adult Bible Cla.ss 5.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Sunday School 15 00 

Miscellaneous G'fts 25.40 

Foundation Builders 97.15 

Foundation BuQders Play 4.85 

Marie Mishler 25 00 

Total 383.40 

1st Brethren Cliurch, 
Hagerstown, Md. (Additional) 

Mr. & Mrs. John C. Shank 5.00 

Total 272.17 

1st Brethren Church, 
Elkhart, Ind, (Additional) 



Total 140.25 

St Eretliren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif. 

Mr. & Mrs. Wm. CopUn 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Stous 5.00 

Mr. and Mrs A. J. McClain 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Oliver E. Colburn 12.00 

Geo. R. Ewing 6.00 

Ruth Andrews 5.00 

Liav Unruh 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. B. Ross 5.00 

B. B. Quaintance 5.00 

Dr. L. S. Eauman 25.00 

Henry V. Wall 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Madison 5.00 

Otis G. Andrews 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. R. Snivels- 25.00 

Mrs. G. E. Eye 35.00 

John R. Gunn 10.00 

Jane R. Angus 5.00 

Mrs. .John R. Gunn 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ralph 3. McConahay 16.00 

Rev. & Mrs. A. B. Cover 10.00 

Mrs. Carrie T. Clarbour 10.00 

Nellie V. Carter 5.00 

Clyde C. Flick 15.00 

Lena E. Wormer 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Iving 5.00 

Paul Studebaker 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Benson 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Feller 6.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Stettnebenz 10.00 

Charles L. Mintzer 12.60 

Georgia Andrews 5.00 

R. E. Stevens 5.00 

Nettie I. White 5,00 

Sim Richardson 5.00 

Alice B. Longaker 5.00 



Mr. & Mrs. F. A. Keller 

Mr. & Mrs. Edwin W. Shuff (Tracy) 

Mr. & Mrs. Sim Richardson 

Mr. W. W. Beaver 

Miscellaneous 



6.00 
6.00 
5.00 
10.00 
200.50 

009.00 



Total 

Mt. Olive Brethren Church, 

McGaheysviUe, Va. 

Ladles Aid 5.00 

Gifts less than M.OO 5.50 

Total 10.50 

Mrs. Bessie E. Petrla, 

Stephens City, Va, (K) 1.00 

1st Brethren Church, 

Falls City, Nebr. 

Harriett Kimmel 

Mr. & Mrs. H. J. Prichard 

Miss Florence Cleaves 

Foundation Builders 

Gifts less than $5.00 



Total 

1st Brethren Church, 

Linwood, Md, 

Congregation 

1st Brethren Church, 

M'ddlebranch, Ohio, 

Mr. & Mrs. J. P. Kliever . . 

Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Lerch . . 

Mr. & ilrs. T. R. Henning 

Mrs. Mary Wise 



5.00 
10.00 
15.00 

4.33 
13.95 

48.28 



6.00 
5.00 
6.00 
0.00 



Gifts less than $5.00 14.00 

Total 35.00 

Southeast District, 

Sisterhood of Mary and Martha (Baltimore) 20 00 

Mrs. Mattle Klinzman, 

Baeley, Iowa 100 

Mrs. C. E. Sprague, 

Bagley. Iowa 100 

Gretna Brethren Church, 
Bellefontalne, Ohio. 

Jlr. & Mrs. A. J. Neer 10 00 

Mr. & Mrs. Banner Bush 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. P. Miller 5.00 

W. M. S 9.00 

.Junior S. S 3-30 

Gretna Church 0.30 

A Friend lO-SO 



1st Brethren Church, 
North Georgetown, Ohio, 

Gifts less than $5.00 10.40 

Mr. & Mrs. Emanuel Grise 5.00 

Total 15.40 

Valley Brethren Church, 
Jones Mills, Pa. 
Congregation 5. 85 

Betlilehem Brethren Church,' 
Harrisonburg, Va. 

Miss Tracey Thompson 5.00 

■■I Will Class" 7,42 

Church S-00 

Total 20.42 

1st Brethren Church, 
Waterloo. Iowa. 

Mrs. Maggie G. Peck 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Cleve G. Miller 20,00 



Mr. & Mrs. Edwin J. Schrock , 

Mrs. Maude Hady 

Mrs. James Holmes 

Mrs. Mary Harbaugh 

Mr. S. P. Hoover (E) (Gen) 

Mr. & Mrs. N. J. Pike 

Miscellaneous 

Mrs. Ploy Armstrong 

Total 

Ohio District S. M. M. (Cleve. 
1st Brethren Church. 

Canton, Ohio, 

Jliss Arlene Bechtel 

Miss Thelma Bechtel 

Mr. Leroy Bell 

Dr. J. C. Beat 

Miss Elizabeth Beal 

Mr. Harland Clapper 

Mr. & .Mrs. W. L. Crawford .... 

Mr. & Mrs. C. O. Dewell 

Miss Margaret Eikenberry 

Miss Evelyn Pockler 

Miss Anne Prolo 

Mr. Eugene Guiley 

Mr. & Mrs. Waldo Guiley 

Mrs. J. A. Guiley 

Mr. Harry A. Heaston 

Mr. & Mrs. H. Herbruck 

Mr. & Mrs. R. W. Lape 

Mr. F. B. Lindower 

Loyal Women's Class 

Mr. & Mrs. C. C. Mahon 

Miss Ann Maro 

Rev. & Jlrs. G. E. McDonald . 

Miss Evelyn Miner 

Mr. T. J. C. Noland & Family 

Mr. & Mrs. A. T. Robinson . . . 

Miss Leal! Robinson 

Mr. Thomas Robinson 

Mri. Carl H. Shaffer 

Mr. & .Mrs. Frank Smith 

Miss Margaret Snyde